Fire Pro Wrestling World, more Danganronpa games, Project Psync, the Zero Escape series, and 428: Shibuya Scramble are coming to PC. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of most, if any titles that were just mentioned, because Spike Chunsoft is aiming to change that.
There’s a lot to break down from their GDC announcement, so sit back and enjoy a bit of gaming history along the way. The first and perhaps biggest surprise of the conference was the announcement of a resurgence of Fire Pro Wrestling. Beginning with Fire Pro Wrestling Combination Tag for the TurboGrafx-16 (PC-Engine) in 1989, Human Entertainment enjoyed substantial success with their strategic take on pro wrestling games, prioritizing timed button presses and careful reading of your opponent’s moves.
When Human Entertainment went defunct in 2000, many of the staff were rolled into Spike Co., bringing the Fire Pro Wrestling property with it. Spike itself merged with Chunsoft in 2012, coincidentally, also the last year Fire Pro Wrestling was seen, in the form of a terrible, polygonal-based button masher on the Xbox 360. Now, with the return of sprites and strategy, plus four-player online play, Fire Pro Wrestling looks to make a return. Entering Steam Early Access sometime in the second quarter of 2017, fans of the series must wait just a bit longer to witness the series’ hopeful revival.
The second announcement concerns the release of the Danganronpa games on PC. Following the release of the first and second games on Steam, fans of the murder-mystery visual novel series wondered if the sequel and spin-off games would also find their way to the PC platform. Thanks to Spike Chunsoft’s press conference, they need not wonder any longer. Danganronpa: Ultra Despair Girls, a third-person shooter/adventure game set between the events of the first two mainline titles will come to PC on June 27th of 2017. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony features the same gameplay as the first two titles, and is coming to PC on September 26th of 2017, the same time it appears on Playstation platforms in North America, and three days before it jumps over to Europe.
Next in visual novel news: HD remasters of 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward, the first and second games in the Nonary Games series have a PC release date as well. The Zero Escape: Nonary Games collection is set for release on Steam on March 24th, 2017. This is a confirmation of rumors that we picked up on last year, and for many PC gamers, their first exposure to the Nonary Games visual novels series. 999, originally released for the Nintendo DS, and the only one I’ve played of the two, but an outstanding visual novel regardless. Virtue’s Last Reward was released for the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS, and features a new cast of characters, and set in a new location.
Also alongside the Nonary Games announcement was writer/director Kotaro Uchikoshi’s announcement that he was working on a new project entitled Psync. No details were provided other than a singular image, and no dates were revealed for future information…mysterious, to say the least.
Finally, the visual novel 428: Shibuya Scramble will be making its first appearance here in the West for PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2018. Spike Chunsoft has yet to lock down a release date for the visual novel originally released for the Wii in the late 2000s, notable for being the only visual novel to get a perfect score from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, and only one of now 27 games to get a perfect score in the magazine’s 31-year publication history.
In short, there’s quite a lot of games to get excited about if you’re a fan of Japanese products. Lots for visual novel fans, and even some pro wrestling morsels too. Stay tuned for more news on these individual products, especially as the myriad of release dates approaches.