Atlus Bringing 3D Dot Game Heroes To North America

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Posted by Jeff (5579 posts) -
Atlus has announced plans to bring the incredibly cool-looking 3D Dot Game Heroes to North America. The From Software action-RPG has been out in Japan for a bit, but Atlus will be bringing it here on May 11.

As the game features all sorts of sly winks to gaming's pixelated past, it's drummed up a fair amount of online interest. Here's how Atlus is describing it:

About 3D Dot Game Heroes
A long, long time ago, the Dark King Onyx brought an age of darkness upon Dotnia Kingdom.  Only by the bravery of a hero with a legendary sword was Onyx sealed in an orb, restoring peace to the world.  But Fuelle, a powerful Dark Bishop, has stolen the orb, and with it, peace.  Dotnia requires a hero once more!  Can you live up to the legend?
 
Key Features

  • Ultimate retro love letter -- Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this lovingly-crafted adventure. Eye-popping visuals capture the nostalgic charm of pixel graphics in cutting edge 3D. Simple, but deep action-adventure gameplay is a throwback to the 8-bit era. Veterans will find references and jokes that pay homage to the great games of yore.
  • Awe and adventure live again -- Embark on the next generation of classic exploration and discovery in a grand story-based quest. A hero sets out to gain the power of the six sages and the six orbs that protected the kingdom of Dotnia, which now stands on the verge of destruction.
  • Customize your hero -- When pixels are your building blocks, the possibilities are unlimited. Freely edit the look of your character, or design one completely from scratch, and then trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device. Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width to create a sword that fills the whole screen!
 The game will hit shelves at a discounted price of $39.99, which sure sounds reasonable. Here, look at some screenshots of this thing! 

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#1 Posted by Jeff (5579 posts) -
Atlus has announced plans to bring the incredibly cool-looking 3D Dot Game Heroes to North America. The From Software action-RPG has been out in Japan for a bit, but Atlus will be bringing it here on May 11.

As the game features all sorts of sly winks to gaming's pixelated past, it's drummed up a fair amount of online interest. Here's how Atlus is describing it:

About 3D Dot Game Heroes
A long, long time ago, the Dark King Onyx brought an age of darkness upon Dotnia Kingdom.  Only by the bravery of a hero with a legendary sword was Onyx sealed in an orb, restoring peace to the world.  But Fuelle, a powerful Dark Bishop, has stolen the orb, and with it, peace.  Dotnia requires a hero once more!  Can you live up to the legend?
 
Key Features

  • Ultimate retro love letter -- Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this lovingly-crafted adventure. Eye-popping visuals capture the nostalgic charm of pixel graphics in cutting edge 3D. Simple, but deep action-adventure gameplay is a throwback to the 8-bit era. Veterans will find references and jokes that pay homage to the great games of yore.
  • Awe and adventure live again -- Embark on the next generation of classic exploration and discovery in a grand story-based quest. A hero sets out to gain the power of the six sages and the six orbs that protected the kingdom of Dotnia, which now stands on the verge of destruction.
  • Customize your hero -- When pixels are your building blocks, the possibilities are unlimited. Freely edit the look of your character, or design one completely from scratch, and then trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device. Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width to create a sword that fills the whole screen!
 The game will hit shelves at a discounted price of $39.99, which sure sounds reasonable. Here, look at some screenshots of this thing! 

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#2 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

I hope the rumors of this game coming to Xbox 360 are true.

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#3 Posted by Seedofpower (4059 posts) -

Looks like that dungeon from persona 4.

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#4 Edited by nexas (644 posts) -

And so continues the tradition of Atlus being totally awesome. I wonder what kind of free shit they'll give way with the game.

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#5 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

AHH this needs to come here on the 360! Why do I love From Software so much? Otogi, Ninja Blade, Demon's Souls, now this!

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#6 Posted by Tiwi (1422 posts) -
@Seedofpower: It does!
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#7 Posted by Th3dz (348 posts) -

I have always loved Atlus! this looks soo cool

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#8 Posted by Joker_777 (326 posts) -

 
 

Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width 

chkl chkl
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#9 Edited by Linkyshinks (11400 posts) -

Great for thirty something gamers like myself.
 
Info and videos here.

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#10 Posted by niall077 (111 posts) -

thank god its not out in March.   
 
2010 Year of teh Awesome
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#11 Posted by CommodoreGroovy (613 posts) -
@Seedofpower: Now that you mention it, it does. 
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#12 Posted by august (4038 posts) -

Our Frothing Demand Etc Etc

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#13 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (1056 posts) -

This news is the most exciting news!

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#14 Posted by dbz1995 (4962 posts) -
@Joker_777 said:
"  
 

Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width 

chkl chkl "
You sick bastard!
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#15 Posted by iAmJohn (6232 posts) -

Atlus continues to assert their God-tier status.

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#16 Posted by Mushir (2631 posts) -

Its like 8-bit + Lego + Zelda!

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#17 Posted by jacksukeru (6563 posts) -

"Mitsuo the Hero" will make a cameo in it I assume.

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#18 Posted by WitchHunter_Z (894 posts) -

I love you Atlus.
Totally importing this, unless theres a EU release... please?

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#19 Posted by Dan_CiTi (4578 posts) -

 @JJOR64:
 There was no rumors of it coming to 360. It was just some guy at From Software saying it wasn't impossible to be ported to the platform. The reason it was a PS3 game is because the game is extremely niche and has tons of references to old retro games and the PS3 was the right platform for it in Japan. If they were to port it to the 360 it would probably be just for the west, kind of like FF13. That being said, I don't think if this game has that massive fan base or appeal. I mean, Demon's Souls is brilliant in its own way and it has its fans and sold well for a game of its kind but not enough for From Software to go back and port to 360 or PC or something. I imagine Dot Heroes will have a similar reception, probably sell more just because it isn't super hardcore and has the pixel art look. Maybe sequels to these games could be multi-platform but then again From Software isn't known too much for that either.
 
For me, I just can't wait for it to come out...and for 40 DOLLARS? That's amazing. Atlus does it again. 

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#20 Posted by Kohe321 (3569 posts) -

Looks cool!

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#21 Posted by trophyhunter (6038 posts) -

sadly no one is even going to think about buying it

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#22 Posted by thecleric (814 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:
" sadly no one is even going to think about buying it "
I'm going to think about buying it, hell, I'm even going to buy it. 
The thing could catch fire like Demon's Souls did if it reviews right.
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#23 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:
" sadly no one is even going to think about buying it "
I'm totally buying it.
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#24 Posted by Legend (2717 posts) -

I hope it's as good as it looks, 'cause it's looking gooood!

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#25 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14686 posts) -

This game looks awesome. Too bad I don't have a PS3... for now at least.

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#26 Posted by MeierTheRed (5333 posts) -

Guess i will be importing again.

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#27 Posted by kwyee (258 posts) -
@Jeff said:

 trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device.

What is this, 1999? Hopefully, they'll have some more modern trading mechanism (i.e. online over the 'net) when it releases.  
The Artstyle looks fun.  Hope the gamplay will match
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#28 Posted by Luke (1812 posts) -

Yeah, the Atlus Faithful sent me an email about this news this morning, and I must say... this game looks fantastic! 

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#29 Posted by ma_rc_01 (386 posts) -

I always wondered why nobody tried something like this, looks awesome!

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#30 Posted by Archaotic (40 posts) -
@Dan_CiTi: Well, Demon's Souls can't be ported to anything.  Sony owns that IP entirely, it's as much theirs as White Knight Chronicles or Wild ARMs.  
 
As for this game...well...the developers, Silicon Studio, said they could port it to 360 since the tech isn't very complex, but there are no plans to do so and it's entirely up to FROM Software to decide.  Considering how well it did in Japan so far (which is to say, not very), there's very little reason for FROM to spring for a 360 port that might eliminate any potential profits the game might have already brought in.  If it does well in the US, they might consider a late port, but honestly, it's a niche game and these kinds of titles rarely jump platforms as it is; the developers just don't have the money for it.
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#31 Posted by xyzygy (10595 posts) -
@Archaotic said:
" @Dan_CiTi: Well, Demon's Souls can't be ported to anything.  Sony owns that IP entirely, it's as much theirs as White Knight Chronicles or Wild ARMs.    As for this game...well...the developers, Silicon Studio, said they could port it to 360 since the tech isn't very complex, but there are no plans to do so and it's entirely up to FROM Software to decide.  Considering how well it did in Japan so far (which is to say, not very), there's very little reason for FROM to spring for a 360 port that might eliminate any potential profits the game might have already brought in.  If it does well in the US, they might consider a late port, but honestly, it's a niche game and these kinds of titles rarely jump platforms as it is; the developers just don't have the money for it. "
There are much more 360 owners in NA, so it would most likely sell more on the 360 here like pretty much every multiplatform game. But yeah, the developers first need enough money to make the port... but maybe it won't cost that much since they said the tech isn't very complex.
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#32 Posted by benderunit22 (1775 posts) -

Great news. I wonder though, how come Nintendo hasn't sued From Software yet.

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#33 Edited by Archaotic (40 posts) -
@xyzygy: "Like almost every multiplatform game" is kind of a misnomer.  A lot of Japanese-focused titles have started to sell more on PS3 in the US; Tekken, BlazBlue, and Street Fighter IV all did, as well as, oddly, Batman.  A game like this doesn't really appeal at all to the 360's core "shooter" userbase and it doesn't have any online functionality at all, so the "XBOX Live advantage" is missing.  It's a niche title among niche titles, so it's a question of funding; and as I said, since it didn't do particularly hot in Japan, FROMsoft isn't really going to be hurting to spend more money to develop an entirely new version of the game for a userbase that will completely ignore it.
 
After all, userbase isn't everything, what matters is market; there are a ton more Wii owners out there, but do they ALL buy games?  Does every Wii game outsell every PS3 or 360 game?  Nope, only the ones catered to the Wii's very specific market.
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#34 Posted by Bucketdeth (8252 posts) -

This one looks awesome, I'm going to pick it up the millisecond it's out.

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#35 Edited by DukeTogo (1516 posts) -

Meh, aside from the loading screens and kitschy art style, the game itself is as unoriginal as the stuff it pays homage to.  I don't know if playing it is really worth the time when you can just play an old game for much less money.  I'm glad Atlus continues to be the gateway for the more eclectic games we'd likely never see or get horrible localizations of, but that doesn't mean I have to buy every one they bring over.
 
I love the load screens, but seriously, just look up shit on this very site if box art is what you want.
 
The screens remind me of an old 3DO game called Gaurdian Heroes from Micro Cabin.  Looks about as fun too.

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#36 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

I'm starting to actually like Atlus.

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#37 Edited by Spike94 (760 posts) -
@OllyOxenFree said:

"I'm starting to actually like Atlus. "


Whatwhatwhat? 
I love Atlus! o.o 
Edited for spelling/typo.
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#38 Posted by Crono (2762 posts) -

Excellent news indeed!

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#39 Posted by InfiniteStateMachine (223 posts) -
@Seedofpower: Guess maybe they decided it was such a good dungeon it deserves it's own game :D
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#40 Posted by Deusoma (3222 posts) -
@Archaotic: 
Just thought I'd point out that Batman doing really well on the PS3 probably had something to do with the free PS3-exclusive Joker content. I know that's why I got it on that platform.
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#41 Edited by Yoshiya (42 posts) -
@kwyee said:

" @Jeff said:

 trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device.

What is this, 1999? Hopefully, they'll have some more modern trading mechanism (i.e. online over the 'net) when it releases.  The Artstyle looks fun.  Hope the gamplay will match "
They don't really have a choice.  They know all everyone will do is make existing, copyright infringing, characters in dot form, and if there was some sort of online trade feature they'd be responsible for poicing it (LittleBigPlanet style).  By trading files via USB storage, From Software are making the models easy to get to on a PC, so it's really just intended to facilitate the trading of models on forums etc.  They're only trying to serve the community the best way they can. 
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#42 Posted by PureRok (4273 posts) -

God dammit! Now I know I have to buy a PS3. That's two games (both made by Atlus!) that make me want a PS3.

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#43 Posted by gakon (2010 posts) -

This game has some bizarre pseudo-realism going on; find some videos posted of the game a few weeks ago and check out the water effects and such.

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#44 Edited by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

Looking at this game makes me think back to looking through magazines at the 3DO and its games way back in the day. The feeling is almost identical, mainly because I know probably I'll never end up playing it and it is on a fairly-niche system (in this region).

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#45 Posted by Adamantium (891 posts) -

Wow this looks pretty fun.

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#46 Posted by Media_Master (3259 posts) -

Can't wait!

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#47 Posted by Anthony_Galindo (93 posts) -

I just sort of assumed that this was a downloadable game. I'm surprised that something like this would get a retail release.

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#48 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -

Imported the game, if anyone is interested I posted my impressions on the forums a while ago.

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#49 Posted by LordAndrew (14601 posts) -

Atlus is pretty much the company I expected to bring this game over here. Thank you for not disappointing me, Atlus. :)

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#50 Posted by AuthenticM (4301 posts) -

Sold on day one.

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