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SoulCalibur VI release date confirmed

Welp! I was wrong. In my previous article I argued that there might be a Nintendo Switch version of SoulCalibur VI announced along with the release date during Nintendo’s presentation. That didn’t happen. I honestly don’t know when Bandai Namco actually announced it, my Twitter said 9 hours ago and I know I was checking it all day at work but w/e, it comes out October 19th (this year). There is a collectors edition that comes with a Sophita statue but I really wanted Xainghua or Mitsurugi. Anyways the release trailer is below.

Sony E3 Takeaways

For starters the presentation itself was done really well. I really enjoyed the format switch-up and after the little hiccup at the beginning it was good. Game after Game after Game no talking no explanations just gameplay and trailers. As for the games shown, the stand outs for me were:

Ghost of Tsushima: The PS4 exclusive samurai adventure game looks amazing. As you will see in the gameplay below, this game is aesthetically arousing. The showdown in the fallen dark amber leaves, as the sun is setting in the background was visually stunning. The game play looks to be precise and even perhaps stance based like Nioh. I am definitely getting this one perhaps i am a weeb but who cares its freaking feudal Japan and i’m a bada** samurai, lets go!

The Last of Us 2: I don’t need to say much here. If you don’t know what The Last of Us is then Google that ish right now then go buy the remastered version and play it. We still don’t have a release date but i’d rather see it take a while to come out and be perfect (as close as possible) than to have it rushed and be garbage. Trailer below.

Kingdom Hearts 3: It’s finally here! Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 were amazing and if you haven’t played them I have good news for you, they will come free with the purchase of Kingdom Hearts 3 (only on the Playstation Version). This is another game I will definitely be buying, I will let the trailer below do most of the talking but, visually it looks amazing and gameplay wise you couldn’t ask for more. For whatever reason pirate ship battles are a big thing for gamers now and Kingdom Hearts 3 has included their version of it in the form of: The Pirates of the Caribbean, check it out!

Nioh 2: Nioh was a big hit, admittedly being inspired by the Dark Souls series Nioh added its own twist to the style, paired with a great story and beautiful graphics and gameplay Nioh was a winner. An unforgiving winner, this game punished you so hard that it was borderline torture. Now we have a second one coming! Enjoy!

Death Stranding:  Yeah…this game is weird. Everyone is still up in the air about rather this is good or na. We all have faith because it’s from the creator of the Metal Gear series but it’s weird. I mean you play a dude with a baby inside a glass embryo strapped to his chest wth?! Also there are some type of shadow creatures that you are afraid of. The story is bound to be interesting enough to captivate you through the entire game, I just don’t know what to expect from the gameplay. At one point it looked like he pulled out some type of gun but in another scene he whips out the baby so i have no clue whats happening but I want to find out! Check it out below.

SoulCaliburVI: Nintendo Switch Version

So, E32018 is just about over and we still haven’t heard anything from Bandai Namco. Looking at the schedule on E3’s official website they are not slotted to have any type of presentation on their own like Bethesda or Square Enix. But, we have seen plenty of announcements happen away from a solo press conferences such as, Jump Force and Code Vein. We were also treated to some new game play of SoulCaliburVI during an interview with Motohiro Okubo the main producer of both Tekken7 and SoulCaliburVI. During the aforementioned interview, Motohiro Okubo was asked about guest characters and the release date of SoulCaliburVI and he when talking about the release date he stated “I think that will be revealed during E3″(translated). Well, we are pretty much done with E3 2018 with no release date announcement and the only big press conference left is for  Nintendo which leads me to believe Bandai Namco will have some presence at the Nintendo conference and if they are waiting then to show SoulCaliburVI it would make sense if they also announced that there was a Switch version coming. It wouldn’t surprise me if they also announced a guest character from a Nintendo series like, Travis from No more Heroes or Ike coming as DLC. Well it is just a theory but here’s to hoping I’m right! Check out the interview below, the part i’m talking about starts at 4:15!  Tell me what you think in the comments below I know i’m super excited for this game!

E3: Microsoft & Bethesda Takeaways

E3 is officially kicked off and we got to see both Microsoft and Bethesda’s presentations. To be honest EA had a presentation Saturday but other than Anthem there isn’t anything to talk about. As for the Microsoft and Bethesda presentations I have listed my top takeaways below, enjoy.

 

Microsoft

Halo Infinate: Yes, Halo is back and Master Chief is on another mission. This time it seems like it will be bigger than ever. The reveal trailer didn’t have much but I have a feeling this game is going to be huge. Open world sandbox games are basically the norm nowadays (which isn’t a bad thing) and I could see Halo falling into that format. Here is the reveal trailer.

BattleToads: Not much was said about this upcoming reboot of the old arcade series but the trailer as minimal as it was, was enough. Having grown up on old school arcade beat em ups like Double Dragons, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Streets of Rage, and BattleToads I was pretty excited to see the announcement. Nothing was said other than its coming to Xbox in 2019. Check out the reveal below!

Devil May Cry 5: Oh yes! The sequel is here. So if you recall there were three Devil May Cry games with our main hero being the ever slick Dante then they made a fourth and this time Dante wasn’t the main character however, he did make a sizable appearance. This was a change for fans of the series like myself, but after a few stages we all realized this was a banger and after it was done, we wanted more. Well, check out the trailer below because we got what we asked for. The little bit of game play we are treated to looks as combo crazy as Devil May Cry has always been. Now, lets see if Nintendo drops a Bayonetta trailer.

Jump Force: This is the game that fits all categories for RogueShoganate as it is both Anime and Gaming and my personal favorite genre fighting! I am interested as to what the story will be considering they are taking a good number of characters from different animes and shoving them into New York City (just one of the stages). This is clearly another Jump:All Stars but perhaps with some differences from the past games. Check out the reveal below.

Gears of War: So after teasing us with the POP! version of Gears, they dropped a Gears of War 5 trailer. To keep it short and sweet, it looks good. The graphics look amazing and it seems that we will get a fresh story with some background baggage of our female protagonist. Check out the reveal.

Bethesda:

Ok, so Bethesda is dropping a new Elder Scrolls, an update to Elder Scrolls Online, and some Elder Scroll Mobile game. That’s all cool but the biggest drop they revealed was Fallout 76. It was no surprise that it is coming out and they even showed the trailer at the Microsoft presentation which was earlier in the day. The big takeaways from the reveal at Bethesda’s own presentation was that Fallout 76 will be bigger than ever and online all the time which means you will run into random players in your play-through, there will be PVP and some form of Co-op. This Fallout is a prequel to the series and thus at some point the bomb will drop. Oh! and apparently in the multi-player you can drop nukes on your enemies, chaos and mayhem will ensue. Check out the vid below.

Thats all I got so far! Sony and Nintendo both have presentations as well as the other game studios/ developers such as Square Enix.

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

SoulCaliburVI: E3 Announcement! Trunks, Dark Souls guest characters?

I’m jumping right into this one guys. SoulCaliburVI is due to be out in 2018, we have 7 months left in the year and we have, no release date, no completed official roster, no pre-order bonuses/deluxe edition, no demo, one guest character when the series is known for having multiple, and no information (other than its coming) about the character customization (the series is known for this as well). With E3 about 20 days away this is what I need from Bandai Namco:

Release Date.

Deluxe Edition announcement.

2nd Guest Character reveal.

Character Customization showcase.

I believe in order for SoulCalibur VI to have a successful E3 and thus sell pre-orders, those four things need to be addressed in some way. Answer the communities questions, while keeping some surprises for the actual release.

FIRST, I want a solid release date. I want the release to be not too far out but, if it has to be for the game to be completed and the online polished I don’t mind a later release date. The most important thing for me is that the game be polished, specifically the online because as anyone who plays fighters seriously, knows a millisecond of lag can be the difference between a combo connecting for more hits or ending short, the difference between a win and a loss. This is a fighter, no one buys a fighting game to play against the computer (if you do then your wrong), we want to beat random people and our friends. The online has to be solid for this game to be a success and if a delay in release will ensure that, I’m good with that. Just let us know. Let us know something because right now we are all in the dark. I expect the release date to be the final announcement in their presentation.

SECOND, since the game is already available for pre-order there needs to be an announcement about the potential bonuses and/or a deluxe edition. I really want a Xianghua figure with the purchase of the deluxe edition, but that just me. Mitsurugi would be cool too.

THIRD, the Witcher has already been announced as the first guest character but having just one guest character is not really normal for a SoulCalibur game. So who is the second? Dark Souls Remastered is a thing and the Soul series is really popular (I’ve been a fan since Demon Souls). It’s possible to pull the character from there OR have some of the gear in the character customization mode. Imagine Siegfried with a Moonlight Greatsword! The praise the sun symbol is sure to make an appearance.  I say Trunks (future) or someone from DragonBall Fighter Z could also make an appearance. I only say this because Bandai Namco already has the licensing for the characters, DragonBall is insanely popular right now, and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to fit at least trucks into the gameplay. I don’t know how likely this actually is but it would be cool!

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LAST, Bandai Namco NEEDS to show off the character creation mode at E3 especially if they expect to sell pre-orders. The character customization is iconic for this series, people spend hours creating characters from different games/shows/etc. I know I have spent countless hours making different anime characters!

I have a strong feeling that these four things will be covered/ revealed at E3 but we will have to wait to see! In the meantime check out the newest character reveal below!

What do you want to see about SoulCaliburVI at E3?

Official Nominees for the 2018 Anime Awards!

The 2018 Anime Awards will soon be upon us and that means that Crunchyroll has officially dropped the list of nominees for the year in review! 2018 was the biggest year to date for the culture and anime fans all over the world were entertained by inspired adaptions and breathtaking original titles. Its tough to choose which shows are among the best of the year but Crunchyroll’s new and improved team of judges were spot on with Fan Favorites like MEGALOBOX and Violet Evergarden making their marks in numerous categories. Let’s see if your favorite made the cut!

Best Animation

My Hero Academia Season 3—BONES
Devilman Crybaby—Science SARU
Bloom into You—Troyca
MEGALOBOX—TMS Entertainment/3xCube
A Place Further Than the Universe—MADHOUSE
Violet Evergarden—Kyoto Animation √ Latt’s Pick  √ Projected Winner 

Best Opening Sequence

KISS OF DEATH by Mika Nakashima x Hyde—DARLING in the FRANXX
Fighting Gold by Coda—JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Golden Wind  √ Projected Winner
Deal with the Devil by Tia—Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler
Aggretsuko Theme by Miura Jam—Aggretsuko
POP TEAM EPIC by Sumire Uesaka—Pop Team Epic  √ Latt’s Pick 
Fiction by Sumika—Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Best Ending Sequence

Star Overhead by the pillows—FLCL Alternative
Fly Me to the Star by Starlight Kukugumi—Revue Starlight
Akatsuki no Requiem by Linked Horizon—Attack on Titan Season 3
Ref:rain by Aimer—After the Rain
Spiky Seeds by the pillows—FLCL Progressive
Kakatte Koi yo by NakamuraEmi—MEGALOBOX  √ Latt’s Pick  √ Projected Winner

Best Film

Fireworks—Shaft
Liz and the Blue Bird—Kyoto Animation
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes—BONES  √ Latt’s Pick  
Mazinger Z: Infinity—Toei Animation
Mirai—Studio Chizu  √ Projected Winner
Night is Short, Walk on Girl—Science SARU

Best Character Design

Aggretsuko—Original Designs by Sanrio
Violet Evergarden—Designs by Akiko Takase
MEGALOBOX—Designs by Hiroshi Shimizu  √ Latt’s Pick  
Devilman Crybaby—Designs by Kiyotaka Oshiyama Based on Original Designs by Go Nagai  √ Projected Winner
ZOMBIE LAND SAGA—Designs by Kasumi Fukagawa
JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Golden Wind—Designs by Takahiro Kashida Based on Original Designs by Hirohiko Araki

Best Boy

Joe—MEGALOBOX  √ Latt’s Pick
Izuku Midoriya—My Hero Academia Season 3    √ Projected Winner
Haida—Aggretsuko
Sakuta Azusagawa—Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Honda-san—Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
Kotaro Tatsumi—ZOMBIE LAND SAGA

Best Girl

Hinata Miyake—A Place Further Than the Universe   √ Latt’s Pick 
Lily Hoshikawa—ZOMBIE LAND SAGA
Asirpa—Golden Kamuy
Anzu—HINAMATSURI    √ Projected Winner  
Nadeshiko Kagamihara—Laid-Back Camp
Mai Sakurajima—Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai


Best Voice Actor Performance (JP)

Mamoru Miyano as Kotaro Tatsumi—ZOMBIE LAND SAGA
Rareko as Retsuko—Aggretsuko  √ Projected Winner  
Megumi Han as Miki Makimura—Devilman Crybaby  √ Latt’s Pick
Reina Ueda as Akane Shinjo—SSSS.Gridman
Soma Saito as Honda-san—Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
Nao Toyama as Rin Shima—Laid-Back Camp

Best Voice Actor Performance (English)

Kari Wahlgren as Haruko Haruhara—FLCL Progressive
Christopher Sabat as All Might—My Hero Academia Season 3  √ Projected Winner 
Erica Mendez as Retsuko—Aggretsuko
David Wald as the Narrator—Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues
Tia Ballard as Zero Two—DARLING in the FRANXX  √ Latt’s Pick
Erika Harlacher as Violet Evergarden—Violet Evergarden

Best Director

Atsuko Ishizuka—A Place Further Than the Universe  √ Latt’s Pick
Taichi Ishidate—Violet Evergarden
Yohei Suzuki—Planet With
Masaaki Yuasa—Devilman Crybaby
You Moriyama—MEGALOBOX  √ Projected Winner
Hiroko Utsumi—Banana Fish

Best Protagonist

Retsuko—Aggretsuko
Yumeko Jabami—Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler  √ Latt’s Pick
Joe—MEGALOBOX  √ Projected Winner
Violet Evergarden—Violet Evergarden
Rimuru Tempest—That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Sakuta Azusagawa—Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Best Antagonist

Yuri—MEGALOBOX
Ryo Asuka—Devilman Crybaby
All For One—My Hero Academia Season 3  √ Latt’s Pick
Momonga—Overlord III  √ Projected Winner
Tokushiro Tsurumi—Golden Kamuy
Akane Shinjo—SSSS.Gridman

Anime of the Year

Devilman Crybaby—Science SARU
Violet Evergarden—Kyoto Animation
A Place Further Than the Universe—MADHOUSE
MEGALOBOX—TMS Entertainment/3xCube  √ Latt’s Pick  √ Projected Winner
ZOMBIE LAND SAGA—MAPPA
HINAMATSURI—feel

Best Fight Scene

Jiren vs. Goku—Dragon Ball Super  √ Latt’s Pick
Hina vs. Anzu—HINAMATSURI
All for One vs. All Might—My Hero Academia Season 3  √ Projected Winner
Satan vs. Devilman—Devilman Crybaby
Yami vs. Licht—Black Clover
Naruto & Sasuke vs. Momoshiki—BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS

Best Continuing Series

The Ancient Magus’ Bride—WIT STUDIO
Dragon Ball Super—Toei Animation
Black Clover—Pierrot
March comes in like a lion—Shaft
One Piece—Toei Animation  √ Latt’s Pick  √ Projected Winner
BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS—Pierrot

Last years list of nominees was heavily scrutinized for having the same six shows for nearly every category. Yes, Made in Abyss and Ancient Magus Bride were great but shows such as Mitsuboshi colors should have had some representation as well. This year Crunchyroll knew they had to take more care in their selections and it definitely showed with less popular shows like Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san and Planet With getting to flex with the big boys this time around. This list of nominees definitely has me excited to cast my vote and you can support your favorite shows from last year by heading over to Crunchyroll’s Official website. Winners will be revealed on February 16, live from San Francisco and streamed exclusively on TWITCH.