Wednesday, 20 August 2008

European Release Dates as of 20th August 2008

Haven't done one of these in a while now! Here's a quick round up of some upcoming release dates for Europe.

Final Fantasy IV - 05/09/2008
Infinite Undiscovery - 05/09/2008
Dragon Quest: The Chapters of the Chosen - 12/09/2008
Persona 3: FES - 17/10/2008
Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) - October
LittleBigPlanet - 29/10/2008
Valkyria Chronicles - November
Time Hollow - November
Away: Shuffle Dungeon - Autumn
Chrono Trigger - 2009

Time Hollow was the latest addition to the list. Meanwhile, LittleBigPlanet got a solid release date thanks to the Sony conference in Germany earlier today. FES also gets added thanks to Koei's decision to release it for us fans.

Chrono Trigger remake for DS

Another critically acclaimed RPG heads to remake land with Square-Enix announcing that Chrono Trigger will be remade for the DS and released this year in the US and Japan. European territories will have to wait until 2009 to see the game make it's debut in the PAL regions. The following has been taken from the official press release:

When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono's race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

Yggdra Union hits the US in September

Riviera: The Promised Land (as I learned to my surprise) was part of a series of games. Guess what? Yggdra Union is part 2 of that series, and the US will see it's release for the PSP on September 16th 2008. The game will boast a few extra features from the original GBA game including new characters, missions and a dual-language voiceover track so those who hate American voice acting can listen to the Japanese instead.

The game has not been confirmed for Europe.

Europe welcomes Persona 3 Festival

Yes, the news came as a surprise to many and the delight to others who thought that the PS2's twilight years in Europe would not see the expansion of the original Persona 3. Yes, you read that headline correctly. Persona 3 FES will be coming to Europe on 17th October 2008.

The announcement was made through Koei's message boards and the many European fans of the original Persona 3 (including myself) squealed in delight. The new version of the game adds bonus features to the original game, additional personas, a weapon creation feature, the ability to change the characters clothing and a 30 hour add-on in which you can gain more of an insight into the game.

The game also allows you to carry over your current save file from the original P3 into FES. The pre-order price is too good to miss as well with many online retailers starting at £17.99. Don't miss it!