Wow. As a fan of the first Project X Zone, I was happy to see late last night that Bandai Namco (Bamco, as I call them) announced not only the release of a sequel, but that the sequel was heading outside of Japan as well. Planned for a fall release in the US, I am definitely excited to get it! The first was probably the first game I played on it that made my 3DS purchase worth it. Project X Zone 2 will of course be adding new characters, and even replacing a few, based off the trailer.
Gone is Pai, replaced with Kage, both from Virtua Fighter. Leon from Resident Evil 6 is joining, as is some people from the Yakuza series. Thankfully X and Zero return from Megaman X, and now Virgil from Devil May Cry joins his brother Dante (eat that, stupid Dimitri!) And for better or worse, Haseo from .Hack//GU is replacing Blackrose from the original .Hack. While I liked GU and think it should have some representation, it seems weird that they replaced two females with guys. Either way, I'm still looking forward to playing it on the 3DS later this year.
You can see the trailer for it here.
Also on the 3DS, Capcom announed Monster Hunter Stories. Slated for release in Japan in 2016, I am hoping the game makes its way west as well. It is an actual RPG this time, with cutesy graphics, but still with the terrifying Tigrex. I have no idea why they would use him in a trailer, since... ah, nevermind. Anyway, it seems you play as people who ride some of the monsters, since the trailer has the protagonist ride a small Rathalos to escape his pursuer that doesn't understand "no means no". I'm sure Mark will love that. The game definitely looks different, I'm still deciding if I like it or not. Still, I'm hoping it makes its way outside of Japan with the forthcoming Monster Hunter 5.
The trailer for Monster Hunter Stories is here.