Koihime Enbu: Tournaments, Updates, and New Site!

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Hi Everyone!

We have a lot happening with Koihime Enbu in the next few weeks! Tournaments, Updates, and more. So let’s take a look at what is coming!

Some of you may have noticed that Koihime Enbu’s netcode had a few issues with spectator mode, causing some drops and unexpected room kicks! We have an update coming that we are hoping fixes this.

To test this update, we are bringing back our good friend Brett to host another Koihime Enbu Tournament using the new beta! This tournament will be held on June 25th at 5pm Pacific. Jump in to play, or maybe just watch on our Twitch.

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To sign up, please head on over to the Koihime Enbu Tournament Challonge sign ups here!

We look forward to seeing you all duke it out on our new netcode! If the update looks stable in the tournament it should roll out not long after that.

And remember, with the price drop to just $20 on Steam, jumping into the tournament, even for a newbie is cheaper than ever. Buy today and you have almost a week to practice!

Interested in doing a tournament live? Will you be in LA for Anime Expo? Find us at the Degica Booth on July 1st and 2nd to sign up for our Koihime Enbu Single Elimination Tournament!

The tournament will be held from 4-6pm on Day 2 of the convention (Sun, July 2nd) right at our booth.

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And for a final announcement, we are also unveiling our new Koihime Enbu Site. Here, you can learn about the mechanics, the characters, their movelists, and upcoming Koihime Enbu news! So make sure to check it out!

And that is everything for today Koihime Enbu fans! One online Tournament, one live Tournament, a New Site, and an upcoming Update!

Hope to see you Sunday at the online tournament or in July at Anime Expo!

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Meet the Team 2

Hey, guys!

We’re back with another meet the team article, where we talk a bit about what we do here, and then what our favorite Degica Game is. Last time, Nick (hey, that’s me!) discussed Pharaoh Rebirth+, and Mark talked a bit about OneShot.

This week, we have two more Degica Games staff ready to talk about their favorites.

So let’s get going!

James

Greetings from Tokyo, Japan. My name is James Wragg, and I work in Degica’s game publishing division.

My job involves all the scheduling, budgeting, bug-chasing, localising fun you don’t want to hear about, and all the unannounced titles you do. Which leaves little to say, so on to my favourite Degica game.

No surprises, it’s a shooting game, which is not an easy pick given our catalog: Castle of Shikigami coming up, DariusBurst CS and it’s glorious tunes and crossover DLC, the Cave titles, RefRain, the evergreen Judgement Silversword, and the fun-packed Rival Megagun. So which one?

Shmups Skill Test is one of the first games I launched when I joined Degica, so that’s one feather in its cap, but more importantly, it’s a title that encompasses everything I love about games.

Look, any time you let me remind everyone that Empty Cans Go In The Trash!, I will -Nick

Look, any time you let me remind everyone that Empty Cans Go In the Trash, I will -Nick

In a nutshell, it’s the Wario Ware of shooting games: a mixture of short, sharp and varied mini games, mixing various skills that any shooting player will find handy.And similar to its Nintendo-born brother it’s a lot of fun too; poking fun at the shooting genre with references and parodies, all wrapped up in a frantic, timed measurement of your shooting prowess. A complete game can be as quick as a few minutes but rarely lasts longer than five meaning it’s perfect for a brief blast or a prolonged hi-score-hunt.

And similar to its Nintendo-born brother it’s a lot of fun too; poking fun at the shooting genre with references and parodies, all wrapped up in a frantic, timed measurement of your shooting prowess. A complete game can be as quick as a few minutes but rarely lasts longer than five meaning it’s perfect for a brief blast or a prolonged hi-score-hunt.

Look at all those minigames!

Look at all those minigames!

What’s your shmups age?

Ethron

My name is Ethron Young and I create the trailers for Degica Games. As a motion designer, I must employ several creative disciplines including video production & 3d animation. Collaborating with fantastic team members and being a part of something amazing drives me to create something relevant and truly special for each and every title.

Being a traditional turn-based RPG fan, my favorite Degica game is Echoes of Aetheria.

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There is just something special about joining an entourage of characters to go off and save the world. Many aspects of this game remind me of the days of SNES and PS1 RPGs, complete with airships, dungeons, and even political corruption. The best part for me is always diving into characters and plot to reveal deeper layers of story.

But even with a great story, the battle system in an RPG can make or break the game and with Echoes of Aetheria, it definitely makes it. Too many games, even big budget titles, have suffered from slow, grinding battles.

This is not the case here. The fast-paced battle system employs a combination of Grandia and Suikoden type mechanics that feels refreshingly familiar, and yet takes it a little further for a beautiful polish.

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Combine that with a high-quality orchestral style soundtrack and character-driven narrative, and you have something profoundly worth experiencing. So pick Echoes of Aetheria up and experience it today!

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Eternal Destiny: New Update, New DLC

Hello there, Eternal Destiny fans, a new update just hit Steam!

This update adds more challenge, raises the level cap, and opens up some new strategies for your decks with Attribute Slots!

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Added in the Update:

  • Level Cap Breaker: Now you can increase your cards’ levels to a maximum of 1000 by winning Level Cap Breaker battles! Additional skills will be obtained when your card level reaches 100, 500, and 1000.
  • Attribute Slot & Super Slot: Attribute slot such as water and flame and super slots with double-strength effect have been added! They are available in Challenge mode, Level Cap Breaker, and the new DLC.
  • New Commander Battle: Like a minesweeper, now you can obtain various items by winning the new commander battle!
  • Challenge Mode: Challenge mode now open with new three levels.

And with a new update, a new DLC!

Challenge the new Attribute Sanctuaries! 48 new dungeons built around the new Attribute Slots!

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Included in Eternal Destiny – Attribute Sanctuaries:

  • Dungeon: Attribute Sanctuaries – Easy (16 Attributes)
  • Dungeon: Attribute Sanctuaries – Normal (16 Attributes)
  • Dungeon: Attribute Sanctuaries – Hard (16 Attributes)
  • Bonus: Unevolved Card Set from Ranking Mode

* Many cards that do not appear in standard card packs are also introduced in this DLC.

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Senko no Ronde 2: Backstory

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The year is 1486 S.D.

1,486 years since a great catastrophe left Earth unable to sustain human life, so we spread to the stars.

We live in huge colonies orbiting the Earth and Moon.

The development of huge mechs known as Rounders has revolutionized life in space. With them, we were able to accomplish things we never thought possible.

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Things were looking up for humanity, but then two years ago, political unrest began. A terrorist attack occurred in the Arria Federation, a WMD disappeared.

The rest of the Federation became aware of the weapon the Arria Federation had possessed, a weapon that violated international law.

We thought Luchino Narukami was the answer. He was young, charismatic, a beacon of change, a victim like the rest of us. He promised a new age.

Then, Harmonia. A colony within the Arria Federation bursts into armed conflict. Rumor circulates that Narukami orchestrated the fight.

Where we’ll go from here, is where your story begins…

Senko no Ronde 2, Coming to Steam in 2017!

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Every Upcoming Degica Game (That is Announced)

Phew. We got a lot announced right now coming up this month (and further!), across several genres.

It can get hard to keep up with them all, so let’s look at all four of our upcoming announced games!

A-Train PC Classic

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This one has already been out on Steam in Japan, but now, this modern transportation simulator with classic graphics is coming to the International community in English!

As the CEO of a major transportation company, help the city grow as you extend the transportation network throughout! Face many different challenges with scenario-based gameplay, or just keep playing freeform after you’ve finished. Think you’ve mastered the game? Play scenarios in the Steam Workshop made by fans, or make your own to share!

A-Train PC Classic will be released in English on June 8th!

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Symphonic Rain

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Part Visual Novel, part Rhythm, in Symphonic Rain, you play as Chris Vertin, on his way to becoming a master musician at the Piova Communial School of Music.

Set in the city of Piova, the city of music and endless rain, Chris is just weeks from graduation… but he has yet to pick a vocal partner for his final examination!

Wishlist today, and pick up Symphonic Rain on June 14th!

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Castle of Shikigami

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For the first time fully translated in English, the classic shmup Castle of Shikigami is coming to PC!

A supernatural mystery awaits, as in the Summer heat, body after body is found by the police. Play as one of six special investigators brought in to solve the crime. Each with their own unique powers, you can master one, or master them all for even more hours of gameplay. A werewolf, a witch, a Shinto priestess, and more…

Castle of Shikigami is coming your way June 16th!

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Senko no Ronde 2

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A hybrid of Fighting and Shmup game play, Senko no Ronde 2 is a reboot of Senko no Ronde DUO from 2010.

Featuring a faster, more refined 1 v 1 combat system of long range and melee assaults, pilot your Rounder, transform to execute your B.O.S.S. attack, and explore online matches, local battles, and an involved single player story mode!

Do you have the skills to become a top Rounder pilot?

Senko no Ronde 2 is coming to Steam Q3/Q4 this year!

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With four games coming from Degica, you have a lot to look forward to! So make sure to add the ones you want to your wishlist, and be prepared to build, sing, shoot or slash your way through another amazing experience.

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Are Visual Novels Games?

So this is a question that comes up a lot in the online video gaming community. And having published Muv-Luv, Nurse Love Addiction, Scar of the Doll, and with more coming like Muv-Luv Alternative and Symphonic Rain, I felt it would be a good time to address it.

Is it a visual novel if you just select an option here or there? What if you add in a few other mechanics? What is the threshold of gameplay necessary to be considered a game?

What IS a video game? Does that definition include Visual Novels?

And I believe I have found the perfect answer:

Who cares?

I mean, in all seriousness, if it is a game, does that make it more fun? If it isn’t a game, does that make it less fun?

Do I enjoy reading a standard novel, by one of my favorite authors less if it isn’t a game? So why do we think of Visual Novels any differently.

Maybe it is a game, maybe it isn’t. Maybe just some of them are games, and some of them aren’t. As long as we are enjoying ourselves, why should we be so concerned with attacking or defending the genre?

As long as we are enjoying ourselves, why should we be so concerned?

Maybe the real answer is “It’s a bit more complicated than that”, but in the end, all that matters is that you are entertained, or moved, or fulfilled by what you are doing. And if VNs do that for you, go for it!

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A-Train PC Classic is Making Tracks to You!

Artdink and Degica Games are proud to announce the light at the end of the tunnel! It was a train. Wait, no, it was A-Train! A-Train PC Classic is coming to PC (hence the title, it would be weird if it wasn’t for PC), but the exciting news, is that it is also coming to PC in English!

Be ready June 8th!

A-Train PC Classic brings modern Sim gameplay with the simpler, cleaner look of the classic A-Train games.

As Chief Executive Officer for a leading transportation company, manage resources and develop a transport network using various modes of travel (trains, trucks, trams, you just really like words that start with tr), to overcome a number of scenarios! You will be faced with rival companies, new technologies, and more as you master moving freight.

Or make your own scenarios and upload them to Steam Workshop to challenge others!

Do you have what it takes to become the best Railroad CEO and leave the others in the dust? Find out June 8th!

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Meet The Team #1

Hello, fans, time for something completely different! Let’s meet the Degica Games team! This will be a series of articles over the next few months where each of our team members gets to talk a bit about what they do for Degica, and then talk about what their favorite Degica Game is!

Nick – Community Manager

Hi, I’m Nick Palmer, your normal blog post writer, who is going to kick things off for this series! I’m the community manager for Degica Games and RPGMakerWeb (the EN source for everything RPG Maker, if you haven’t checked it out, why not do it now?).

ABOUT BEING  A COMMUNITY MANAGER

Mostly, what that means is I write tweets, facebook posts, blog posts, sales emails, and am the person who generally responds directly to the fans! It’s a fun job because I get to talk about cool games, to cool people, the things I like to do anyway, but I get to do it for a living. But enough with talking about talking about games, let’s just talk about games instead.

MY FAVORITE DEGICA GAME

My favorite Degica Game is Pharaoh Rebirth+. This is for many reasons. First of all, Metroidvania is one of my favorite genres. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was on my “play once a year” list for a long time, only to be replaced by Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia a few years back.

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So from the start, It was a game that I was going to be called to. What elevates Pharaoh Rebirth+ though is not just its exploration, with really cool movement powers based on the main character’s oddly transforming ears, but its humor. The game is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the more dark and broody atmosphere games out there, with silly characters, silly weapons like the tennis ball gun, and just odd situations (I was not expecting to be attacked by chefs).

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So if you are looking for a quirky fun Metroidvania style game, be sure to check out Pharaoh Rebirth+ today.

Mark – Producer
Hi, my name is Mark and I’m a Producer at Degica Games. I mostly work with publishing small indie titles internationally but I also assist with promoting Japanese titles to an English audience.

ABOUT BEING A PRODUCER

Most people, even in the industry, don’t really know what a producer does. Depending on the team size, the producer can play many roles. I often work with small teams of 1-3 people, so I manage internal tasking, scheduling, and meetings, as well as serve as the direct connection with the team/product and the public. I manage getting the game onto stores, into conventions, sending out press releases, working with content creators, responding to the community and general PR and promotion. I’m basically the team coach, manager, and cheerleader all wrapped up into one!

MY FAVORITE DEGICA GAME

If I was giving a producer answer, I’d say all the games I’ve worked on are my favorite! I have a special connection though with OneShot which is a game I discovered and fell in love with before I became a producer. OneShot is a puzzle adventure game with unique meta elements. The original release was only a few hours long but I was enraptured the entire time. The game explored the relationship with the player, character, and world in meta-narrative and mechanical ways that I had never seen done in a game before; and still haven’t!

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When I first approached the OneShot team about working on an expanded Steam version of the game, I couldn’t have imagined how big it would get! As a producer, you always hope that a title is successful, but no matter how much you trust the research or your intuition, you never really know until it happens. I’m still working with the team on localizing the game into other languages and expanding it to a much larger audience, as well as planning for future cons and promotional events!

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If you’re interested, you can find OneShot on Steam by clicking here!

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Coming Soon: Castle of Shikigami

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That’s right, the next shmup release from Degica Games will be Castle of Shikigami!

Congrats to @AlbertZero on Twitter and Michael Anderson on Facebook for figuring it out in our Mystery Clue contest! And after only one clue, too! They’ll each get a key for the game for their amazing prognostication.

So what is Castle of Shikigami?

A bizarre string of serial murders has occurred in Japan. Each victim was killed slowly, over an entire day. The 32nd victim has just been found. And you are going to stop it. Via mystical powers and shoot’em up gameplay. (There are very few problems in video games that can’t be solved this way.) Each of the playable characters has their own unique shooting mechanics while sharing the tension system, which rewards risky play with stronger shots.

Castle of Shikigami has never gotten a proper EN release, with only a PS2 release redubbed Mobile Light Force 2 with all the story pulled out making it outside of Japan, so this will be the first time ever that you can experience the full game in English! And with all six characters having a separate story, that is a lot that you were missing out on.

Be on the lookout for more info about Castle of Shikigami in the coming weeks!

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Koihime Enbu Tournament Results!

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Thanks everyone for competing in our Koihime Enbu Tournament last Thursday! We had a great turnout of 22 competitors, including our guest co-host kson! Brett spent a bit of time teaching her the game, and she was let loose on our competitors.

Perhaps though, Brett’s teaching isn’t quite as good as was needed to teach someone to play a game competitively in such a short time, as kson went out in her first two matches.

But that wasn’t the end for all of you! It was a hard fought tournament, but long time Fight Night veteran Level5 came out on top, with a dramatic 3 set matchup with another Fight Night veteran nycbrandon to finish out the night.

Congratulations to our top 3, and to everyone who entered the competition! We hope to see you all again soon!

 

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