NIS America Announces 2015 Line Up

Just days after clarifying that they were not in financial danger, Nippion Ichi’s American branch has announced several new games that will literally take you forever to beat in the new year. 

First up is Awakened Fate Ultimatum, the sequel to the mildly obscure rogue-like Guided Fate Paradox from 2013, that will be coming out in March 17th. The game can be pre-ordered now through NIS’s website in one of three different special editions: Angel and Devil themed versions, and one super deluxe edition known as the Fate edition. Each version of the game comes with different extras, so all you completionists out there are going to have your work cut out for you come March.


Also announced was the official release date of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance for the Playstation 4. A subject of controversy several days ago, the game will be released sometime in the fall of 2015 and features a brand new story that centers around a man named Killia as he attempts to raise a rebel army and overthrow a powerful overlord. This will be NIS’s first game to appear on a next-generation console, and we have high hopes that they will make the leap with all the style, flair, and humor their games are known for.

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is a first-person dungeon crawler for the Vita coming next Spring in which players explore a cyberpunk version of Tokyo with a gameplay style reminiscent of the classic Wizardry series or, to reach for a more recent example, Shin Megami Tensei’s Strange Journey.

NIS America will also publish Atlus’s new year plan Criminal Girls: Invite Only, an RPG where the player is tasked with overseeing a group of girls in a literally hellish prison, which arrives in February for the Vita. Criminal Girls has been the subject of some controversy as NIS has announced that certain segments of the game will be censored for the American release. This censorship consists of obscuring some scenes with fog and removing some of the more objectionable Japanese voiceovers, but the core of the game’s dungeon crawling mechanics will remain entirely intact. This is not the first time NIS game that has been censored for a western audience — 2013’s Mugen Souls had most of its hotsprings mode removed entirely.

Finally, htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, the lowkey puzzle-adventure game is also landing on the Vita in February. The game was an effort on Nippon Ichi’s part to create a completely new intellectual property and branch out in a new direction. In the game, the player controls a firefly who must lead a small girl named Mion through a world based on the concepts of light and shadow. Due to the fact that Mion herself is completely defenseless on her own, the player must be clever in guiding her through the monster-infested environments.

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Source: Nippon Ichi official site

Nicole Seraphita
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My name is Nicole Seraphita and I’m 27. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titles like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels, though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience.

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