Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. made a splash at E3 2015 with the announcement of Dark Souls III, the latest installment of the critically acclaimed and fan-beloved action-role-playing series. Developed by From Software, creators of all previous titles in the series, Dark Souls III will be helmed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, whose return following a supervisory role in Dark Souls II has been much anticipated by fans. Dark Souls III is scheduled for release in early 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Dark Souls III amplifies the series' hallmarks: a compelling storyline and rewarding gameplay combined with a strong sense of achievement over intense challenges. The new game's sprawling, interconnected world delivers an increased sense of scale, offering players an even deeper immersion experience. With its setting of withered beauty beneath a faded, golden sky, Bandai Namco created an apocalyptic environment unlike any other.
Dark Souls III features a new combat system, which increases the options that players have at their disposal in battle. Different types of weapons allow for more robust move sets based on various associated techniques. For example, the Greatsword includes a lunge that allows players to absorb an attacking enemy's hit and triggers alternate strikes via the light and heavy-attack buttons. Combat is also enhanced by allowing players to charge up their heavy attacks, which makes them deal more punishment--but leaves their characters open to counterattacks while charging.
While Bandai Namco created a great deal of buzz with the announcement of Dark Souls III, that game represents only the beginning of the studio's offerings at E3 2015. Another major title for Bandai Namco this year is Supernova, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), developed by Primal Game Studios for PC. Scheduled for a mid-2015 release, Supernova combines the traditional, addictive elements of a MOBA with the tactical command challenges of a real-time strategy game for a completely unique take on the genre.
Variety is the watchword in Supernova, where human commanders must face down vast, unrelenting alien legions in a war for galactic supremacy. Both sides enjoy access to a wide variety of craftable accessories, customizable commander units, and devastating technology. But it is up to each side's players to put these resources to their best uses through quick wit and quicker reflexes.
Speaking of quick reflexes, Bandai Namco offers J-Stars Victory Vs+, a fighting game celebrating the 45th anniversary of Japan's legendary Shonen JUMP magazine. J-Stars puts the most famous characters from the JUMP universe in a single place for fans to use in arcade and two-on-two team battle modes. Both modes task players with completing tough, strategic, and exciting fighting challenges. Exclusively for PlayStation 3, PS4, and PlayStation Vita systems, J-Stars Victory Vs+ releases on June 30.
Building on the success of it predecessors and taking advantage of next-gen technology, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 comes to Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Based on the long-running and extremely popular anime and manga, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 is the first game in the series for the new generation of consoles. The game features beautifully rendered graphics and a bigger cast of characters than ever before, drawing from the entire history of Naruto Shippuden.
Following right on its heels, Bandai Namco is bringing another monster from Japan: Godzilla for PS4 and PS3 comes to North America on July 14. Players can engage in some good, old-fashioned destruction as they step into the shoes of the famed kaiju, bashing their way through the world's biggest cities in an effort to absorb more G-Energy and power up to prepare for battles against monstrous rivals. The more havoc he wreaks, the bigger and badder Godzilla becomes. In the PS4 version, players can enjoy even more monsters and mayhem and can challenge other would-be world-destroyers in Godzilla's online versus mode.
Beyond challenging each other on their home consoles, Bandai Namco is giving players plenty of ammunition to continue the fight on portables with Project X Zone 2 for 3DS. Releasing this fall, the single-player, turn-based fighting game takes characters from many of the industry's most popular franchises--including SEGA's Sakura Wars, Capcom's Resident Evil, and Bandai Namco's own TEKKEN--and pits them against each other in strategic combat. The key to victory in Project X Zone 2 is controlling space: Players must maneuver their characters into the right positions on their turns and then perform the right attacks using specific combinations in real-time.
Being at the right place at the right time is also key to the world of One Piece, the massively popular and long-running manga and anime series. The latest, One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, is Bandai Namco's latest take on the iconic anime universe. Developed by Koei Tecmo Games, One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 allows players to experience the original One Piece story from its beginnings in Fushia Village, all the way to the latest episodes of the still-evolving saga. Furious action and massive battles mean that One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 delivers more action than any One Piece game ever has before. In addition to the PS4, PS3, and Vita versions coming this August, One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 will be the first One Piece title to ever release for PC via the Steam platform, expanding its reach to a whole new audience of gamers.
Finally, Bandai Namco is showing Tales of Zestiria, which is the latest in the classic Tales series of Japanese-style role-playing games from Bandai Namco's own internal development studios. Due out this fall for PS4, PS3, and PC, Tales of Zestiria weaves an epic, all-new adventure that is set in a fantasy world filled with magic, knights, dragons, and mystery. Featuring the series' trademark instant aggression combat, with seamless transitions from exploration to real-time battle, Tales of Zestiria is sure to please newcomers and series devotees alike.
A commitment to fan-favorites, both from the world of gaming and the wider world of entertainment, Bandai Namco's lineup at E3 demonstrates the publisher's ability to grow its already massive fan base even wider.