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The_Liquid_Laser said:
The game looks fantastic. I can't wait to find out more details about it. I'm hoping it is 2 player local co-op.

Unless I am forgetting something, the new Nintendo IP for the year are Astral Chain and Daemon X Machina. Maybe Nintendo is trying to stretch away from its kiddy image by developing more games in the "T for Teen" rating? Might just be a coincidence. I like that both new IP look edgy and original, but I think Astral Chain stole some of the hype away from Daemon X Machina.

That's why the dev team of DxM launched a demo on the Eshop (Kind of like Octopath Traveler) for feedback etc, ... Trailers are cool but getting your hands on the game to know what you're getting yourself into is better to built up an audience I'd say.

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Anywoo, this new IP looks RAD ! Damn, I got fooled by thinking it was a new IP made by Monolith Soft for a moment when I was looking at the character designs and backgrounds. It is personally my biggest surprise from this Direct.

But looking at the release window of all these games ... it might be the most stacked summer I've seen on a Nintendo console ever. (FE The Houses, Daemon x Machina, Super Mario Maker 2, Astral Chains, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, etc ...). Although, Spring will probably suffer a bit for this great oasis.



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I feel like this:

If this game (and I said this about Nier: Automata as well) does not excite you even a little, maybe gaming is not right for you. This is a game that should interest anyone on this site, regardless of console preference.



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cycycychris said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Kamiya's game isn't Bayonetta 3? 

 I would assume not, but I can't find anything online about it. Imo the guy who did bayo 2 is probably also directing bayo 3. But i could be wrong.

Kamiya is directing B3 which is why he only supervises this game.



Cerebralbore101 said:
As far as I'm concerned they might as well have announced an August release date for Bayonetta 3. This game looks like it will be as good or better.

I feel that this is a good game to fit the shoes of Bayo 3 this year as well, seeing how it is even more likely now that Bayo is a 2020 game.



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Wyrdness said:
cycycychris said:

 I would assume not, but I can't find anything online about it. Imo the guy who did bayo 2 is probably also directing bayo 3. But i could be wrong.

Kamiya is directing B3 which is why he only supervises this game.

It's not really clear on who's directing Bayonetta 3 as Yusuke Hashimoto directed Bayonetta 2 and also talked about possibilities of a Bayonetta 3 along with Kamiya.

 

Astral Chain appears to be a helluva ride and I am excited to learn more about it. Interesting that the Nier: Automata team is working on this game, so the game has some good prestige already, not that having Platinum Games in general provides some good prestige.

This is what I am talking about in terms of Nintendo's third party support. I hoped for more original games from third party developers when the Switch showed it was not a one-year wonder or a Wii U. With the Switch selling as it is, I hoped for more new/original games and yesterday's Direct gave me some good vibes in regards to third party games on the Switch. Sure, it won't match the output on the PS4 or Xbone in the end, but when you have upcoming games like Daemon x Machina (Marvelous), Rune Factory 5 (Neverland Co.), Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlus), Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games), Astral Chain (Platinum Games), Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Activision), Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm Studios), Oninaki (Square Enix), and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Team Ninja), that's not a bad third party haul for the Switch.



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Kai_Mao said:
Wyrdness said:

Kamiya is directing B3 which is why he only supervises this game.

It's not really clear on who's directing Bayonetta 3 as Yusuke Hashimoto directed Bayonetta 2 and also talked about possibilities of a Bayonetta 3 along with Kamiya.

 

Astral Chain appears to be a helluva ride and I am excited to learn more about it. Interesting that the Nier: Automata team is working on this game, so the game has some good prestige already, not that having Platinum Games in general provides some good prestige.

This is what I am talking about in terms of Nintendo's third party support. I hoped for more original games from third party developers when the Switch showed it was not a one-year wonder or a Wii U. With the Switch selling as it is, I hoped for more new/original games and yesterday's Direct gave me some good vibes in regards to third party games on the Switch. Sure, it won't match the output on the PS4 or Xbone in the end, but when you have upcoming games like Daemon x Machina (Marvelous), Rune Factory 5 (Neverland Co.), Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlus), Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games), Astral Chain (Platinum Games), Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (Activision), Mortal Kombat 11 (NetherRealm Studios), Oninaki (Square Enix), and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (Team Ninja), that's not a bad third party haul for the Switch.

We do know Kamiya is directly involved either way due to his comments in interviews where he said that the are ideas he wants to implement in the third game this can only happen with him being either a designer, director or producer. Astral Chain is likely either second party (like B3) or first party (like W101) I'm thinking more towards the latter where the NA team have been contracted to do a new IP for Nintendo it was rumoured all the way back in 2017 following Nier Automata's release that PG were doing 2 to possibly 3 projects for Nintendo we now know of 2, Nintendo are now investing in both the Bayo and NA teams which at some point in future could turn into a full on second party arrangement.



shikamaru317 said:
Rafie said:

Ahh damn why? Was it a license issue?! Like something expired or anything? That sucks. Well hopefully that Babylon game will still come out on PS4/Steam.

The contract ended it seems.

Cygames statement:

Tokyo-based video game publisher and developer Cygames, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Koichi Watanabe, hereinafter referred as “Cygames”) has recently been engaged in the co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink together with esteemed developer PlatinumGames Inc.

Going forward, Cygames will handle 100 percent of development internally.

Cygames would like to assure everyone looking forward to the title that we remain committed to delivering a game that meets the expectation of our fan-base and gamers everywhere.

Platinum statement:

While we, PlatinumGames, have been working with Cygames in co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink, we officially announce our contract on the project has come to an end. Development will still continue, but be handled solely by Cygames’ internal development team.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has shown interest in the project, and ask that the same support should continue for Granblue Fantasy: Relink as its production continues forward.


Damn.. well I'm still looking forward to it. It looks good. Thank you for the info as usual. I didn't know that PG stopped working on it. I wonder if the fighting game is still a thing as well.

mjk45 said:
Rafie said:

Ahh damn why? Was it a license issue?! Like something expired or anything? That sucks. Well hopefully that Babylon game will still come out on PS4/Steam.

All platinum said was  the reason was simply because they had completed their contract. 

Well it's cool. They can work on that Babylon game and Bayo 3. I'm cool with that!



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Its hard to say right now if Kamiya is working on Bayo 3. It appears development started pretty close to when his game was canceled, so its possible.



     

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cycycychris said:
Its hard to say right now if Kamiya is working on Bayo 3. It appears development started pretty close to when his game was canceled, so its possible.

My guess is this is the only thing Kamiya is working on right now. He reportedly was very stressed after the Scalebound fiasco and took a month of vacation, so I think giving him a smaller role by supervising Astral Chain while letting the guy from NieR Direct a game for the first time let's them hit two birds with one stone: Kamiya gets back on track progressively while the new talented Director makes experience, after this game Platinum will be able to work on 3 big titles at the same time (the third one being handled by Hashimoto/whoever is directing Bayo 3)



I think this might be the game I'm most excited for this year.