Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A monthly series where I celebrate stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. There’s never been a better time to be a geek so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with the month’s goodies…
Over in Otome Corner, we have a surprise announcement from Voltage! Even IF Tempest is a romance set in a grim world of witches and witch trials. Our heroine receives the power to rewind time after death, but whether this leads to salvation or greater tragedy lies in fate’s hands. I’m so excited about this, since it’s Voltage’s first attempt at premium otome. They’re a pretty reliable mobage company so I’m intrigued to see what they come up with! The game is fully voiced and the director/scenario writer is Ayane Ushio, who was behind Norn9. The visuals are a wicked mix of modern fairytale and the dramatic choral trailer gives off a very different vibe from Voltage’s staples. Look forward to this calamitous carnival, coming to the Switch (digital-only) in 2022!
Cracking crime caper, Bustafellows, is receiving a second run of Collector’s Editions on Funstock (shipping from January 2022). This is great news since a) Bustafellows was successful sales-wise and b) more people get the chance to purchase this awesome edition! I preordered it day one and it did not disappoint – Bustafellows is a pacey riot and its Collector’s Edition has great goodies: art cards, a soundtrack and even a mini artbook in the style of an in-game magazine! If you haven’t bitten the bullet I definitely recommend it – good job, Otome Armada!
Over on Kickstarter, Twin Coves is a paranormal murder mystery, inspired by neo-noir shows like Twin Peaks. Dealing with heavy themes with weighty choices to match, you follow a journalist returning to their hometown under mysterious circumstances. While intending to lay low, it seems a sudden murder case has other ideas… Your protagonist’s gender, pronouns and appearance are customisable and there are six male love interests of various supernatural backgrounds and three more as stretch goals. I’m loving the gothic vibes here and the hook is tried and true. This is Wisteria Games’ first title and they’ve already doubled their goal so I wish them the best of luck! You’ll have to sit tight for a while as Twin Coves has a planned launch for October 2023 but keep an eye on this starter!
We have another unexpected Atelier sequel with the confirmation of Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream for PC, Switch, and PS4 (25 February 2022). Returning to the first heroine of the Mysterious trilogy, Sophie and Plachta find themselves separated after encountering a strange portal throwing the two into a new world. Gameplay alterations have been announced but this looks cozily familiar for Atelier fans. Like Ryza 2, Gust is breaking their traditional trilogy format and it’s interesting they’ve chosen to return to Sophie but I’m always up to chill with my alchemy girls!
Last month I played Yakuza Like a Dragon obsessively from start to finish. It’s my GOTY so far and I’ll sing its praises it to anyone wanting a fresh JRPG full of heart but with the bonkers of mainline Yakuza. As such, I’m thrilled to hear that a sequel is greenlit! The sequel also follows a turn-based system and continues Ichiban’s story – great, because I loved that punch-perm poofball. This announcement arrived alongside news that veterans, Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza series creator) and Daisuke Sato (Yakuza producer), are leaving Sega after almost a decade of leading the Ryu Ga Gotoku studio. Although this is a big shakeup, I’m sure the studio has been left in good hands and I look forward to what they create in the future!
I really shouldn’t be excited about another version of Skyrim but – hear me out – this one has fishing. Yes, I know there were mods for fishing already but the upcoming Anniversary Edition (11 November 2011) has fishing built in along with a bundle of original Creator’s Club content for the lazier among us. The Anniversary Edition is a purchasable upgrade to the Skyrim Special Edition but SE owners will still get a few goodies handed their way.
Eric Barone, that crazy one man dev behind Stardew Valley, has finally revealed his new game: Haunted Chocolatier. The cozy style is visually and tonally similar to Stardew Valley, though it has a mystical and fantastical flavour with all your friendly shopkeeper ghosts and such. It’s apparently more action-orientated and the gameplay focuses on managing a chocolate shop – yummy! No release date yet, but I played the hell out of Stardew Valley so happy to wait.
And while I’m waiting…the big Animal Crossing Direct arrived and it was huge. Here are the details on the free November update (5.11.21) coming our way:
- The Roost is opening so everyone can go hang out with Brewster and chill with your villagers and friends (Isabelle coffee date, anyone?)
- Kapp’n is returning with new island tours. He’ll take you to various islands, some with mysterious flora, different seasons or time of day than your own. I think one of my biggest complaints was that Mystery Island Tours felt quite shallow and uniform so this is a welcome holiday of a holiday!
- Design a shopping plaza on Harv’s Island where you can donate bells to encourage merchants like Sahara, Leif, and Redd to set up shop. This is a pretty cool way to open up more commercial options (I always felt a bit burned by the RNG randomness of visitors).
- New activities and content like radio-style group stretching (move those Joycons!), ordinances if you want your island lifestyle to better match your own, and additional house customisations.
- New Nook Miles redemptions with cooking, farming, and further decorating options.
- And loads more minor features and QoL adjustments…
Basically, there’s a hell of a lot here to lure Animal Crossing addicts back into the fold…but that’s not all! While this is the last free update, a paid DLC is coming that essentially adds Happy Home Designer to New Horizons. With the Happy Home Paradise DLC, you can become the designer of your dreams as you can decorate the perfect vacation homes for characters. As you work your way up in resort planning, you also bring back techniques to your own island! The DLC launches simultaneously with the free update…see you in a few months…
There you go. A bunch of things that put a smile on my face and hopefully yours too. Let me know about your own Good Goings in the comments and have a great day!