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PSN Store News

Hi everyone.  Have you checked out the PSN Autumn Sale yet?  If you haven’t, you’ll be pleased to know that all the games I mentioned in last week’s blog are still available for bargain prices as part of the sale.  They all return to their normal price on the 17th of October though, so you’ll have to hurry.

In other news the Atlus fans among you may remember that I mentioned on a previous blogpost that our sister company, Midas, were working to release Maken Shao: Demon Sword as part of the PS2 Classics programme on PSN.  Well, I’ve recently heard that the game has now passed submission and will be released on PSN soon.

If you’re wondering what Maken Shao is like, here’s the description that will be used on the PSN store:

Maken... A man-made life form used to cure mental disease.

Take control of this awesome creature in an adventure that takes you across the globe, battling against a terrorist organisation and a malevolent Chinese god.

To succeed you must control dozens of game characters, unlocking their memories and special attacks in your struggle to unravel a sinister conspiracy to change the fate of humankind forever.

  • 19 levels set across the globe. From the Forbidden City to ancient Athens
  • Many characters to 'Brain Jack' and control. Unlock special moves as you play
  • Multilayered game structure. Secret characters, unlockable modes and game endings
  • Hidden modes - Fight game bosses in a survival challenge or view character artwork!

I must admit that Maken Shao was a bit before my time here, but I’ll definitely be picking it up off PSN when it does come out. :)

Some of you might also remember that we mentioned in an earlier blog about bringing some JRPG’s to PC/Steam.  It was certainly a popular idea :).  Well don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about it and I’ve just heard that we will be announcing our first game very soon.  That doesn’t mean you can’t suggest titles for us to look into though as we’re still looking for more games to bring to the PC :).

Finally, just a reminder that the first batch of Agarest: Generations of War 2 DLC is due out next Wednesday.  For more details of what will be coming, please check out last week’s blog.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back next week, but until then you can follow Ghostlight on our Twitter and Facebook pages, our Youtube Channel and our  Google + account, where we’ll be posting all the latest news from Ghostlight. You can also follow me on Twitter for a more personal take on all things Ghostlight.

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Hitoshura says:

When's the next announcement for SMT: DS OC coming? A release date would be very nice of you all.
[GL] Ross says:

@Hitoshura I've been told we should have more news on the release date soon :)
eclipsezero says:

ohgodohgodohgod HYPE GEEEEET. Can't wait to see what title you guys have decided to bring to the PC <3 Regardless of which title it is, I hope it is well done and that you succeed in this endeavor! JRPG's on PC = me in bliss...that's putting it mildly. By the way, this is unrelated to the blog, but I am not really sure where else I can ask this. I hope to one day enter video game marketing, and I was just curious, what is required if I wanted to work at Ghostlight or say, Atlus? Being able to promote and or bring over the companies games that I like would be a dream come true, and having the advice of people who work at those companies would be really great. I hope its possible to answer that :3
[GL] Ross says:

@eclipsezero I think it really depends on the company. For instance I actually started out as a games tester before being asked to handle the community management and PR as well.
eclipsezero says:

Thanks for your input(Is that the correct term to use here..? English isn't my first language)! I guess at the moment I should concentrate on getting the necessary education, then think about this in the future. Good god it would be an absolutely awesome life to work at Atlus or somewhere similar <3 Thanks again! I will stay on the blog topic from now, assuming I post again with a question or something similar~
Lev says:

Maken Shao looks verrrry interesting, i'll probably give that a try at some point :) PC RPGs sounds awesome! Is there any chance of you doing a run of these games as DRM free physical copies? Steam is convenient, but if possible I would love the chance to buy an actual copy of what you are planning to bring us too :)
DesmaX says:

Could you guys warn up about the game that's getting going to PC before releasing it? NISA published ClaDun x2 on Steam without anyone consent and it totally got me off-guard.
[GL] Ross says:

@Lev IUt's something we'd look into but I can't say either way at the moment.
[GL] Ross says:

@DesmaX Keep your eyes on the blog or on our social media pages because we will announce it on here :)
Jaqueline says:

Sir Ross, Do you know perhaps the PSN-price of Maken Shao? Second Question: The JRPG's for PC.... could it also be some Eroge-RPG's ?^^
Mackenzy says:

*Looks at the fate titles for pc*
[GL] Ross says:

@Jaqueline I'm afraid I'm not sure on the price yet. As for Eroge RPG's I think that we're unlikely to do any at this point in time.
Agito says:

Can you give us a clue on what the PC/Steam release title will be ;)?
sakiu says:

o_O totally unexpected title :D thaaaanks! And can't wait for the announcement of what you will be putting on Steam :D
Lynas says:

What ever happened to Digital Devil Saga releasing on PSN? Wasn't it announced back in April?
rokuso3 says:

Well well, I'm really excited about that JRPG on PC. If we can still make suggestions, it would be great to have the .hack//G.U. Trilogy on PC, since it didn't reach europe although their gameplay was far better than the original .hack//IMOQ. I may have already suggested it, but a second time won't hurt, I guess (the only one I remember suggesting is NieR). BTW, waiting for those Devil Survivor news. But, really, I'm far more excited about JRPGs on PC.
[GL] Ross says:

@Agito Afraid not :) @Lynas They're not compatible with the current version of the emulator. We're hoping a future version will fix it.
Lobo4000 says:

Just wondering if the Maken Shao game is anything like Omikron:The nomad soul? Obscure game but maybe someone knows?
dgnfly says:

is the game game plannned for all region released or are there gonna be many countries excluded? all i want 2 know is it gonna be released in the Netherlands
[GL] Ross says:

@dgnfly Ideally it would be a worldwide release but of course it will depend on the terms of the licence.
Big Pája says:

I will be picking up Maken Shao when it comes out. It's one game from Midas' lineup that I'm genuinely interested in. I bet it will cost just €5 seeing as none of the PS2 games Midas re-released costs more than that but I wouldn't mind much if it were €10. I'll drop them a note afterwards because I like to think that they listened to my request. I commended them on their PS2 efforts and they asked if there's something I'd be willing to buy. I said Maken Shao and here it comes.
Henry Bellis says:

I have strangely never heard of that game before, well away to eBay I traverse! (ill pick it up on ps3 emulation later) On other News I am incredibly exited at the soon to be announced release of SMT:DS and SMT:DSOC
Karmosin says:

Gotta check that one out on psn when it's released, though when I found Midas interactive site it looked like it hadn't been updated since april, What's up with that? :/
[GL] Ross says:

@Karmosin I don't think Midas have done much aside from re-releasing some of their old games on PSN lately.
Mixobarbaros says:

@[GL] Ross: Can we get a vague cryptic clue at what the first PC port is going to be? Speculation about its meaning should be a fun way to pass time before the announcement.
[GL] Ross says:

@Mixobarbaros I'll see if we can later on. at the moment we're having to keep fairly quiet about which one we're going to be doing first.
ogami_zw says:

hm .. what about the Legend of Heroes Games? We could get the psp game as side dish ;) Is there any Hope für Agarest Senki Marriage, or even more unlikely, F/SN Realta Nua vor Vita?
[GL] Ross says:

@ogami_zw XSEED seem to be doing a lot of the Falcom games but if the opportunity was there well they do make fantastic games :). As for your other suggestions while it might be possible I'd say anything on PSP is quite unlikely now. I will pass them on to my boss though.
OoO says:

I bought a used copy of Maken Shao a while ago for a pretty low price (around 5€), but I still have to try it yet ... I've read the manga though, I loved the universe, it's pretty unique and definitely interesting.
BenoitRen says:

Anything on the PSP is quite unlikely? I pray to $DEITY that you still will consider releasing Persona 2: Eternal Punishment to complete the story started by Persona 2: Innocent Sin!
John says:

Heh, at least something. Would be very happy if Shadow Hearts was coming to PSN. It's a tragedy that it's not there, i hope someone will give more effort for releasing that one.
[GL] Ross says:

@BenoitRen If there was an English language release in North America it might be possible but retailers aren't really stocking PSP games anymore. @John The rights situation for Shadow Hearts is pretty complex at the moment but if it became possible we would be interested.
ArjanN says:

"we will be announcing our first game very soon" Looking forward to it. How soon is 'very soon'?
[GL] Ross says:

@ArjanN Not completely sure as some things still need to be finalised but it should be well... very soon.
Mike says:

About Agarest DLC, its out, but some from the list are missing. These 2 are missing, hope they appear! Right to the Blacksmith Pack 1 FREE Right to the Blacksmith Pack 2 FREE
[GL] Ross says:

@Mike Thanks for letting us know. We're speaking to our contacts at Sony and hoping to get the 2 missing pieces up on the store as soon as possible.
Chris says:

This gives some hope for other Atlus titles.. I would like to see Devil Summoner & more importantly an import of it's sequel finally in UK/EU.. personally aswell :D Atleast this & Baroque might get more PS2 RPG/Niche games released.. instead of meh action titles & games in bargain bins on EU PS2 PSN :)

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