It looks like Bandai Namco is going to have a busy rest of 2014, announcing six new titles slated for future release and additional details about other games expected to come out this year. Among the new games include GRID Autosport, a new Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventure and, for anime fans in the audience, the highly anticipated Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.
Let’s kick the news off with the newest additions to the Bandai Namco lineup, shall we? For starters, there are no release dates for these most recently announced games. Still, at least we now know they’re hanging out somewhere over the horizon, just waiting for us to come out and pla-aa-aaaaay.
First up is GRID Autosport, slated to hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Fans of the driving series pretty much know what to expect here: Beautiful courses, fast cars and tight driving controls. There will be multiple driving disciplines to master, 100-plus routes spread across 22 locations and more.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 was also announced for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and 3DS this morning, meaning that the original game apparently sold a lot better than many of us expected. Pac-Man and his pals Spiral and Cylindria are on a quest to defend their world from the ghostly army of Lord Betrayus, and it’s your job as the player to help guide them to victory.
Power Rangers Super Megaforce will be bringing another side-scrolling fighting adventure to the 3DS with the latest class of Rangers, Zords and Megazords, while Rise of Incarnates is a free-to-play PC game from the folks behind Tekken, SoulCalibur and Gundam Extreme VS. Players will battle in destroyed versions of real world locations to determine which online warrior reigns supreme. Color me intrigued.
The Tales series will finally be making its way to the Vita in the US with the announcement that Tales of Hearts R will be bringing its JRPG goodness to Sony’s handheld sometime this year.
And speaking of RPGs, one of the most popular anime in recent years, Sword Art Online actually takes place within an online MMO where the players risk their very lives in an effort to reach the top of a 100-level tower. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment tells a new tale within that world in the form of a brand new RPG slated for release on the PlayStation Vita. I’m pretty much doing a non-stop happy dance over this particular bit of news.
Bandai Namco offered up several other tid-bits in today’s massive news blowout, including the fact that free-to-play PS3 flying game, Ace Combat Infinity, will be arriving on May 27. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and One Piece Unlimited World Red will also be getting some special pre-order DLC, for fans who were hoping to get some extra goodies with their upcoming fighter purchases.