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Square Enix Announces New RPG Called Project Prelude Rune

[Image: Square Enix via Gamer] It’s the debut project of Square Enix’s newly established Studio Istolia, which is headed up by former Tales producer Hideo Baba. Advertisement Via an official release, Square Enix explains that the name “Istolia” is based on the Greek word for story. “The aim of the studio is to provide unforgettable stories that will inspire players in their own lives, and bring new game experiences to everyone around the world,” Square Enix adds. Here is a first look at concept art for the Project Prelude Rune, a completely new IP. [Image: Square Enix via Gamer] [Image: Square Enix via Gamer] Battle art. [Image: Square Enix via Gamer] Baba, who previously worked at Namco Bandai, is producing the project. Advertisement No word yet on when this title will be released or for which platforms, but Project Prelude Rune appears to be quite early in development. The studio is currently hiring planners, designers, and programmers. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Are You Making Nintendo Switch Games? Japanese Developers Answer That And More

[Image: Nintendo] In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, twenty four Japanese game companies were polled about the Nintendo Switch. Their answers may or may not surprise you. Advertisement Here are eight interesting questions (and answers) of Famitsu’s poll. 1. Are you developing any games for the Nintendo Switch? Currently developing: 54 percent Thinking about it now: 25 percent Not developing: 17 percent No answer: 4 percent 2. In the future, do you have plans to release any games [on the Switch]? Yes: 46 percent Thinking about it now: 46 percent None at the moment: 4 percent No answer: 4 percent (Note the difference between those planning to release a Switch game and those developing Switch titles. Famitsu wonders if the difference is companies waiting to see how the Switch does before finalizing release plans. I wonder if these are multiplatform titles.) 3. After the Nintendo Switch reveal, do you feel that players are excited about it? Yes: 50 percent Can’t say either way: 38 percent No: 8 percent No answer: 4 percent 4. What’s your take on the price? Appropriate: 67 percent Cheap: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Entrance at Kiyomizu-dera.


Osaka Castle.

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Arc System Works is collaborating with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for “collaboration costumes” from

Arc System Works is collaborating with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for “collaboration costumes” from BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, and Guilty Gear Xrd Sign. The DLC is slated for a March release in Japan. No word yet about an international release, but perhaps simultaneous.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Let's Talk About Japan And Sickness Masks 

[Photo: pan_kung / Shutterstock] First time visitors notice them right away: Sickness masks. People in Japan wear them for numerous reasons, including to prevent illness. Some even don them because they think the masks make them more attractive. Advertisement But, first, what’s the deal with Japan and sickness masks? For years now, masks have been considered good manners. If you got sick, the polite thing to do was put on a mask, so others, especially in crowded urban centers, didn’t catch whatever you have. They are also protection. If you don’t want to get sick, especially if you are taking your kid’s to the doctor’s or if its flu season, then you wear a mask. During the spring, people with allergies often wear masks to help them through the season. Advertisement As Nippon.com explains, the Japan’s mask culture started in 1918 during a Spanish flu pandemic, which killed between 257,000 and 481,000 people in Japan. Since then, sales have increased year by year. Now, the country mask companies churn out billions and billions of masks annually. [Photo: oneinchpunch / Shutterstock] Japan’s sickness READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Taipei Lantern Festival.


Urasoe Castle.

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Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 Gets An Extremely NSFW Glitch

[Image: Tecmo Koei] In DOAX3‘s recently released VR mode, it appears that if you stick your head underwater while looking at a character, here Marie Rose, her bathing suit vanishes. Advertisement Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable.  It’s unclear how widespread the issue is, but the game has dealt with other glitches and bugs. This also seems to make characters have shaved heads, which is somewhat similar to a previous shadow glitch. Last March when the game was originally released in Japan, there were also texture problems with in-game bathing suits. In the clip below, Marie Rose once again looks like she’s missing her bikini. In case you missed them, check out Kotaku’s Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 impressions right here.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Square Enix Is Fixing FFXV Costumes Because Of The Power Rangers

[Image: Square Enix] During Square Enix’s big Final Fantasy anniversary event, the Tokyo-based game maker revealed “muteki suits” (invincible suits) as an upcoming free Final Fantasy XV download. If you thought the outfits (above) looked like Power Ranger costumes, you were not alone.  Advertisement The costumes were slated for a February 21 release and would give players invincibility for thirty minutes as well as improved fishing abilities. The catch was that the outfits could only be used once only every 24 hours.  However, soon after the outfits were revealed, it was pointed out that they looked like Power Ranger suits (below). [Full disclosure: Haim Saban’s Saban Capital Group is an owner of Kotaku’s parent company Univision Communications.] Advertisement In the most recent Active Time Report, Square Enix announced that the Power Rangers’ publisher pointed out the similarities and the costume will be released “at a later date.” During the live stream, Square Enix marketing manager Akio Ofuji said, “We were told to be careful with what we say [about this]. So, I will let everyone know what’s going on.” A smiling FFXV director Hajime Tabata READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Let's See How Resident Evil 7 Is Doing In Japan

Resident Evil games are a big deal. People love them! Especially in Japan. Let’s see how the latest release did in its first week on sale in the country. Advertisement Resident Evil 7 launched on January 26, and for the week between January 23 and January 29, it came in first in the Japanese sales charts, with the game’s PS4 release selling 187,306 copies.  While this data was published by Japanese game site 4Gamer, it comes from the highly respected sales-tracker Media Create. The Xbox One version did not make the sales chart’s top twenty, and thus, 4Gamer was unable to post those sales numbers.  Advertisement So, first place! This is good, right? Well… As Kotaku reported in 2012, the PlayStation 3 version of RE6 sold 634,933 and 92,921 in its first two weeks of sale, for a total of 727,854 copies sold. In comparison, 2009’s Resident Evil 5 moved 319,000 copies in its first week and 61,483 in its second for a total of 380,483.  Meaning, unless Resident Evil 7 has a big second week, it will be underperforming. Stay tuned.  Kotaku East READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Wii U Production Has Officially Ended For Japan

[Image: Nintendo] Last fall, Kotaku reported Wii U production was slated to end “soon” for Japan. And today, we can say it’s officially finished. Advertisement The announcement was made on Nintendo Japan’s website under the Wii U hardware section. (Note that these are the only two versions of the Wii U currently available.) [Image: Nintendo Japan] The website states that Wii U production has ended, but specifically notes for this is domestically for Japan (日本国内 or Nihon kokunai, which means “within Japan”). Advertisement Kotaku reached out to Nintendo of America for comment, but did not hear back prior to publication. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!