Square Enix Announces new RPG ‘Project Prelude Rune’

As pretty much everyone knows, Square Enix is the RPG company. They’ve made Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games for more than 30 years. They’ve worked on the Mana games and Chrono Trigger in the SNES days and beyond. And well, if there’s a classic RPG you’ve got any nostalgia for at all, it’s likely Square Enix had some part in its development.

So now they’ve got another project underway! Nicknamed ‘Project Prelude’, the title is developed by the newly established Tokyo studio Studio Istolia, with former Tales series producer Hideo Baba at the helm. Here’s the outline of the project illustrating what it aims to be:

The project aims to build a new RPG with a new fantasy: unfolding across a vast land teeming with life. Nurtured by the earth, the many peoples of this land dare to dream, fighting for what is just—and this is their tale.

As you can tell, it’s pretty ambitious as a game. Vast world filled with life and things to do? An epic battle between good and evil?

And well, that sounds exactly like the kind of big budget fantasy RPG Square Enix and co are known for. And it’s gonna have a pretty big team too. Since Studio Istolia are actually looking for a ton of staff to work on the game. In roles such as:


  • Battle Planner
  • Map Planner
  • UI Planner


  • Character Designer
  • Map Designer
  • Monster Designer
  • Motion Designer
  • Effect Designer
  • UI Designer


  • Battle Programmer
  • Tool Programmer
  • Event Programmer
  • Sound Programmer
  • UI Programmer
  • Technical Support

So if you’ve got any of those relevant skillsets, go and talk to the studio via their official website or social media channels. If not… well at least you can enjoy some of the artwork they released for the game:

But hey, what do you think of the title? Does it sound like it could be a classic RPG like those in the Final Fantasy series? Or do you worry about the new studio that’s working on it?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!


Square Enix Announces new RPG ‘Project Prelude Run’ (Gematsu)

8-4 Not Handling Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Translation

They handled translating Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii, and they’ve worked with Nintendo on a fair few other games.

But it seems like 8-4’s translation work on the series is finished for now. That’s because as per 8-4 staffer John Ricciardi on Twitter, the company is busy with other stuff at the moment. Here’s his tweet about the news in full:

Still, at least the news will come as a relief to some fans. This is because a while back, 8-4 got a lot of criticism from JRPG fans for removing certain features from the localised versions of Xenoblade Chronicles, like the boob slider and other similar additions. Said fans were part of a GamerGate related initiative called ‘Torrential Downpour’, and also expressed unhappiness with other games translated around the same time. Like Fire Emblem Fates. Or Tokyo Mirage Sessions.

So those people should be happy with this announcement. Let’s hope the rest of us will be as well!

Nintendo Switch Teardown Posted Online!

Ever want to see what’s inside a Nintendo Switch? How Nintendo managed to get all that technology into the tiny unit?

Can’t be bothered to wait till the console comes out in 2 weeks?

If so, you’re in luck! Because someone online going by the name tabobao has posted a full break down of the console, showing everything inside the system hardware. Here’s his Imgur album with a ton of pictures:

Switch Teardown posted by some taobao guy

As well as a few notable ones I felt like posting here:

As you can see, Nintendo’s done everything possible to avoid wasting space this time around. I mean, look at how packed together everything is on the circuit board there if you need proof of that. Definitely feels like they tried to make it less bulky for the Switch.

So yeah, it’s an interesting look at the hardware really. Perhaps not one Nintendo wanted available so early, but an intriguing one none the less. Gives you a real idea of how impressive the tech is, and how hard it must have been to get it all working in the Switch unit!

Sony Patents Very Switch Like System

We’ve heard of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to Sony’s new patent, it seems that might be a step too far.


Because it shows a system that looks remarkably similar to the Nintendo Switch. As in, pretty much identical down to the hardware and screen layout. Here are some pictures showing the design they patented:

As you can see, it definitely has its similarities to Nintendo’s system.

I mean, you’ve got the general design setup. The button layouts seem remarkably similar to Nintendo’s system. Heck, there are even what seem to be removable controllers! Like a Sony equivalent to the Switch’s Joy-Cons!

But before you get out the torches and pitchforks, here’s an interesting thing you may not have realised here. Namely, this patent actually dates from 2015. Yes, it was made public a few days ago, sure. But the actual patent itself was seemingly filed way before anyone outside of Nintendo knew the Switch even existed.

So as strange as it sounds, this could actually be a weird coincidence. After all, they’re dropping support for the Vita pretty soon. And well, with their handhelds not doing all that hot, it does seem possible that Sony could have considered a hybrid system separately from Nintendo. Or even just a simple tablet shell with detachable PlayStation type controllers.

Or maybe they were spying on Nintendo somehow. Either way, they seem to have a patent on a Nintendo Switch like system or device none the less.

So what do you think is going on here? Is this Sony patent a little too close to the Nintendo Switch? Or is the whole thing just a coincidence?


Sony Patents Nintendo Switch Like Device (Japanese)

Nintendo Confirms Switch Consoles Stolen from Distributor

When a couple of folks online managed to post leaked footage of the Nintendo Switch menu, few people were particularly surprised. After all, consoles and games are leaked all the time. Paper Mario, Pokemon Sun and Moon, much of the Switch lineup itself… Basically, leaks are almost a rite of passage now.

What isn’t normal though is how these Switch consoles were leaked.


Because as Nintendo says in a statement, they were stolen. As in, employees from a US distributor stole the systems and resold them illegally. Bit more serious than a broken Street Date, don’t you think?

Yeah, we’d say so too. Here’s Nintendo’s own official statement on the matter confirming it:

Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.

As you can see there, things are resolved now. The employees responsible have been sacked from their jobs. The police are investigating the thefts and resales. And well, if that NeoGAF user who got one Switch is to be believed… Nintendo are trying to take back the stolen consoles right now. So it’s not been a total loss for the company.

But hey, it’s still messed up none the less. Let’s hope this is the last story we’ll hear about this distributor or its employees. That unlike the first guy, the next few Switch owners don’t leak everything weeks in advance.

Or worse yet, rip games and post them online. Cause damn, that would be damaging for Nintendo right now!

Still, what do you think? Are you surprised the Switch was stolen by a distributor’s employees?

Post your thoughts on the thefts here or on social media today!


Nintendo Confirms Switch Systems Stolen (IGN)