Monthly Archives: January 2018

Chain reaction.

Opus Magnum is now available, DRM-free on GOG.com with a 10% discount until February 7, 2PM UTC.
Alchemy is an esoteric science that fuses artistry with practical engineering in fascinating ways. Anataeus Vaya is a master in the field but when dark secrets start crawling out of the woodwork, he must face the ultimate puzzle: how to assemble and modify his transmutation devices to prepare miraculous concoctions in the fastest, most efficient manner possible. Tick tock, Anataeus. Tick tock.

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The great outdoors.

Avernum 3: Ruined World is now available 10% off until February 7, 2PM UTC.
The hardcore turn-based RPG series is moving upwards! The surface world is in turmoil and in a perverse twist of fate, it is now up to the exiles from the underground realm of Avernum to clean up the mess.
Lead a custom-made team of brave Avernites through hill and dale, unleash powerful spells against plagues of monsters, and watch cities change as your adventure goes on.

Grab the Hint Book & Extras to help you in your quest.

Complete your Jeff Vogel collection with our special Spiderweb Sale, which lasts until February 5, 11PM UTC.

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The second part of our in-depth discussion with XSEED’s team leader Ken Berry and localization producer Thomas Lipschultz is now here.
Learn more about the challenges and delights of bringing beloved JRPG series into the western market, as well as why Tom loves Zwei: The Arges Adventure so darn much!

Make sure to catch up on Part 1 here.

Last week we released Zwei: The Arges Adventure, and it feels like you had a great time working on it. Can you tell us more about your work on the game and how you approach localizing its brand of humor?

Tom: I’ve been talking about this quite a bit over on our Tumblr (/shamelessplug), but that’s mostly because I can’t shut up about this game! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s the most fun I’ve ever had translating anything, owed entirely to the wonderful Japanese writing from Falcom. You can tell the devs just let loose here, casting away all their inhibitions and just writing whatever the hell they wanted, and the end result is a beautiful cacophony of bad puns, blunt proclamations, pure snark, and fourth-wall-breaking.
It’s funny, too, because Arges Adventure’s story is actually pretty minimalistic, when you get right down to it. There’s really not a lot that happens over its course, as far as earth-shaking events go. Instead, it focuses pretty squarely on its cast of characters, bringing every NPC to life and giving each one of them his/her own tale to tell. In a way, it’s very similar to the treatment the NPCs get in the Trails games, but because of the “podunk floating island with one main village” setting, there are far fewer NPCs, meaning each one gets to have a lot more screen time to tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, …read more

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Can you survive a thousand cuts?

Way of the Samurai 3 is now available 50% off until February 6, 2PM UTC. Buy them together and get 15% off Way of the Samurai 4.
The acclaimed open-world action/RPG series marches on with the epic journey of a tormented lone samurai who must weave his own destiny into the bloodied tapestry of the Sengoku era. Build your story out of dozens of choices and cut your enemies with your customizable weapons, your sharp wit or perhaps your weighty gestures.

Find extra weapons and accessories inside the Deluxe Edition (-40%), or Upgrade later.

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The JRPG Days are not over yet!
You’ve been playing Zwei: The Arges Adventure and Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds while snagging genre classics on the cheap from our jRPG Days sale. To top it all off, team leader Ken Berry and localization producer Thomas Lipschultz have taken some time to chat with us about how XSEED handles the release and localization of their beloved JRPG series.
The interview is broken down into two parts, for convenience. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow, January 30.

So, let’s start with a quick year in review – from your professional point of view, has 2017 been good to Japanese games in the West?

Ken: Yes, I would say that 2017 has been a very good year for Japanese games in the West. The obvious big winner is Nintendo with their extremely successful launch of the Switch, as I remember some Japanese executives being concerned whether the idea of one machine being both a home console and a portable machine could succeed in North America where public transportation is not nearly as prevalent as Japan.

The PC platform also continues to get more support from the Japanese gaming industry. Not only are you seeing more instances of simultaneous PC launches with the console release, but they seem to be gradually accepting the idea of DRM-free on PC as well, which had always been a huge challenge in the past because they would often mistakenly equate “DRM-free” to “free.”

A lot can be said about different sensibilities in Japan vs. the West. In the past year, maybe more than ever, sexuality, sexualization, and consent, are talked about in mainstream Western culture – taboos are being broken and lines being drawn. Has this had an impact on your approach and your work?

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Alien nation.

Outcast – Second Contact is now available 45% off until February 5, 2PM UTC.
Welcome back to the open-world of Adelpha, now looking and handling better than ever! Join smug, gruff, and resourceful military man Cutter Slade as he finds himself stranded on this fascinating alien planet, both hunted and revered by the warring local factions.

Rebuilt from the ground up, this is a complete remake which perfectly captures the sense of exploration, challenge, and discovery that the beloved original is known for.

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Unique, soulful, or just downright fun!

Big, chunky AAAs are all well and good, but sometimes you need to dig deeper in order to find those cool, special, perhaps slightly underappreciated gems. Those labors of love that have personality in spades, and oodles of charm. Using our special divining rod (made of sapient pearwood) we’ve managed to locate and capture several of them for this Weekly sale.

Those looking for a squeeze on their emotional glands should definitely check out Tacoma, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Transistor or the hypnotic Virginia. A more upbeat experience is waiting for you in Mages of Mystralia, Wupo, Lovely Planet, and Clustertruck but for pure, unadulterated fun the rhythmic BIT.TRIP Runner is just what the doctor ordered.

The Weekly sale ends February 5, 11 PM UTC.

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How to train your empire.

Railway Empire is now available DRM-free on GOG.com.
All aboard! It’s 1830 and the grand railroad revolution is underway with you on its locomotive! Establish the most powerful and widespread railway empire on N. America by building new routes, managing your staff, and researching technologies which will improve the quality of your transport or freight services.

Note: For Linux users, the pre-order DLC will become available at a later time.

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Reigniting the old flame.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire approaches, DRM-free on GOG.com. Get exclusive in-game items for pre-ordering now!
The sequel to Obsidian’s seminal RPG, which brought back all the immersion and attention to detail we remember from the genre’s classics, is finally around the corner. Introducing naval battle mechanics, a new vast open world, a relationship system that now affects interactions between your companions, and an epic story involving the re-emergence of an old god, it’s shaping up to be the RPG you’ll be replaying for all eternity!

Go for the Deluxe Edition, which includes a Digital P&P Guide, the official OST, Vol. II of the Digital Guidebook and more.
Or plan for the future with the Obsidian Edition which also grants you access to the first three pieces of planned DLC.

Get caught up on what came before with our special Pillars of Eternity sale, up to 40% off. Deals last until January 29, 2PM UTC.

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Not all heroes wear frowns.

Zwei: The Arges Adventure is now available DRM-free on GOG.com, with a 10% discount until January 31, 6PM UTC.
The land of Arges is in danger! Even before that mysterious stranger came to poach the six sacred idols, the land was ravaged by Pokkle and Pipiro’s crazy antics and painfully unfunny jokes. But now the plucky 14-year-olds take it upon themselves to set things right by using magic, melee and LOTS of food in the chaotic real-time encounters ahead of them.

Craving more jRPG goodness? Spend some jRPG Days with us, in the company of beloved champions of the genre like Celestian Tales, Regalia, or the Ys and Legend of Heroes series, going for up to -80% until January 31.

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