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Shadow Hearts: From the New World is out! Go get it you cheapasses, it's worth it!


#1 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 April 2005 - 04:02 PM

Game Info:

Shadow Hearts: From the New World is the latest instalment in the Shadow Hearts series. While its predecessors took place in Europe and Asia (SH in 1914 and SH II in 1915), SH: FtNM will take place in the USA in 1929.

The Shadow Hearts series is a series of turn based RPGs that uses real historical events as a backdrop for fantasy (often dark-themed) inspired story. The game features many real historical characters like Mata Hari, Yoshio Kawashima, Rasputin and Roger Bacon.

SH III will be released in Japan summer '05. It's roughly 70% completed. No US companies has grabbed the rights to publish it here yet. If there're any more updates I'll keep them here.



04/22


They updated the site, changed the layout of the SH II website and even resurrected the SH website. :) Never have I seen such dedication to a series that a company would partly/completely re-do the website a previous game in the series. Go Nautilus and Aruze!


Shadow Hearts: From the New World website


Shadow Hearts II website


Shadow Hearts website


Can't wait for it. Here's hoping it gets released in the NA. *crosses fingers* C'mon Midway, snatch up the rights to this baby. Atlus would be cool as well.




UPDATE (04/24):


Here's a download of the SH III trailer

Translations of the characters bio (so far) can be found here (Warning! The 4th paragraph contains SH:C spoilers!)

Some screenshots


UPDATE (04/26):


Here're some scans from the new issue of Famitsu, credit goes to gamefaqs' Bebpo for the pictures and Gamefaqs' aoiseishin for hosting it:

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The above picture shows that Shania is the harmonixer in this game.

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UPDATE (05/10):

Some scan from some magazine:

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New scans from Dorimanga and release info, credits to BigGhostX of gamefaqs, who in turn credits maskrider (another gamefaqer)

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Magazine scan translation:

Yuri (Uru) : Heeeh ! She knows how to use fusions, too ?
Shania : It wouldn't be good to be related to you ...

Anastasia : Only you (are in) ! Crook !!!
Lenny (Rene) : Envy me ? kiddo


Japanese Release Info

Like SH II there will be a Limited Edition release:


Release date: July 28th
Regular Price: 7,389yen
Limited Edition Price: 12,390yen

Limited Edition contents: Special Footage DVD, Special Soundtrack CD, Johnny's special T-shirt, Keychain shaped as Shania's earring, 3 Valentine Siblings straps, Special B5-size Notebook.

UPDATE (06/24/05)

Here's the update I promised to many months ago, my bad:

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Translations of character's bios on shadowhearts.net:

Hilda - A Magical-girl lookalike. She's actually a 400 year old vampire and is a self-styled heroine. She uses magical sticks as weapons, her appearance changes depending on her calorie intake.

Mao - A giant of a man (i think he mistranslated this, Mao is a cat), He speaks with experience, having lived for many years. He uses a scalpel as a weapon and fights in drunken fist style.

Frank - A fake ninja. He uses ninja swords.... or rather a huge saw as a weapon. Speaks strange english and is a high-tension self-styled ninja.

Also, Famitsu reports that the development of Shadow Hearts: FTNW has been completed.

Here's the list

Armored Core: Last Raven (PS2, From Software) - 90%
Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha: Shuuen no Gingae (PS2, Banpresto) - 80%
Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (PS2, SNK Playmore) - 87%
Genji (PS2, Sony) - 99%
Grandia 3 (PS2, Square Enix) - 80%
Kagero II: Dark Illusion (PS2, Tecmo) - 95 %
Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, Square Enix) - 60-70%
Phantasy Star Universe (PS2, Sega) - 40%
Sakura Taisen 5: Saraba Itoshiki HitoYo (PS2, Sega) - 97%
Saru Getchu 3 / Ape Escape 3 (PS2, Sony) - 80%
Sengoku Basara (PS2, Capcom) - 95%
Shadow Hearts: From the New World (PS2, Aruze) - 100%


New characters revealed:

Baigen

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Gerard Mazymell returns!

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SHADOW HEARTS SET FOR SPRING '06 RELEASE

Haven't been around for much, cos of moving and settling in and all, but I thought I should pop in to share some news.

XSEED games, a company headed by former Square-Enix president, Jun Iwasaki has announced that they will publish SH: FTNW.

http://ps2.ign.com/a...2/652300p1.html



September 20, 2005 - Brand new videogame publisher XSEED Games (headed up by former Square Enix president Jun Iwasaki) has announced that it will be bringing Wild ARMs 4 and Shadow Hearts: From the New World to North American retailers in the first quarter of 2006. They're the first two titles for the fledgling publisher, whose overarching goal is to properly translate and release Japanese-based titles that should appeal to a hungry U.S. market.

"We are extremely excited to launch XSEED Games with these two quality role-playing games," said Jun Iwasaki, president, XSEED Games. "Our extensive past experience working with some of the highest quality titles in the industry has really honed our ability to spot the best in interactive entertainment. These two titles are the first of what the XSEED Games label will come to represent in bringing great entertainment to the U.S. audience. We expect both Wild ARMs 4 and Shadow Hearts to not only appeal to the existing fans of the series but also attract newcomers."


Shadow Hearts 3 has some interesting character designs...
For the unfamiliar, Shadow Hearts: From the New World is the third game in the Shadow Hearts series and is the direct follow-up to IGN's PlayStation 2 RPG of the year from 2004. Released in Japan this past June, From the New World follows new hero Johnny Garland as he joins an investigation to track down a dangerous criminal during the U.S.' Great Depression. Players can expect new adjustments to the Judgment Ring combat system (like option to execute a combo command with a second character or performing two different actions in one turn), and an all-new cast of supporting NPCs and environments previously unseen in the series before.


...Then again, so does Wild ARMs 4.
Wild ARMs 4, on the other hand, tells the story of a teenage boy who has grown up in a large sphere floating thousands of feet above the surface named Jude Maverick. When the take begins, Jude's homeland is attacked by invaders from the sky, and with help from three other teenage heroes, he sets off to stop the war of Filgaia and embrace his destiny to be something greater. The game's brand new "Accelerator" ability will allow players to manipulate time, and the high-end production values consist of cel-shaded graphics and complete voice-overs during cutscenes.


We'll have more on both of these games fairly soon (including a video interview with XSEED CEO Jun Iwasaki held last month) and have also updated the media pages for both games to celebrate the announcement.








I won't be updating anymore unless it's something big like say SH getting picked up for release in the N/A, so if anyone has anything new, just reply to the thread.

Credits

All scans and translations are credited to the people frequenting the SH: FTNW boards on gamefaqs, especially maskrider, the guy who has been supplying the SH boards with new videos and translating the latest info.


I finally have the game!


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#2 onetrackmind   Porno And Snuff Films CAGiversary!   5746 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

onetrackmind

Posted 22 April 2005 - 04:04 PM

awesome! thanks for the update nachzeher

#3 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 April 2005 - 04:42 PM

awesome! thanks for the update nachzeher



All in a day's work of a Shadow Hearts fanboy.

Now where are Apossum, cthcky33, Mightyslacker and Dead of Knight?

#4 onetrackmind   Porno And Snuff Films CAGiversary!   5746 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 04:43 PM

i just picked up the first shadow hearts and i love it... i hope to pick up SH C in a couple of weeks

#5 chickenhawk   Like sand in the scumbag CAGiversary!   5318 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 04:49 PM

Why wouldn't this get released here? Did Covenant not do well in the States?

#6 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 April 2005 - 05:13 PM

Why wouldn't this get released here? Did Covenant not do well in the States?



Got this from the SH boards on gamefaqs, take it with a grain of salt:

From NPD/TRSTS data:

Shadow Hearts: 62,301 (As of Feb. 2003)
Shadow Hearts Covenant: 58,831 (As of Feb. 2005)

From The Shrine of Data:

Shadow Hearts (JPN) - 103834
Shadow Hearts (US) - 65137

Shadow Hearts II (JPN) - 110074
Shadow Hearts Covenant (US) - 56116


And also, a producer who worked on translating SH:C for the US audience remarked that sales were less than expected despite the increased marketing and rave reviews. He's the guy who provided the SH II boards on gamefaqs with updates during the 2-3 months period prior to the release of SH: C

#7 karsh   Allons-y! CAGiversary!   6433 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 22 April 2005 - 09:10 PM

I really really want to play Shadow Hearts, but after the bit of playing I did of Covenant, I don't think I could take playing the original. It just....I don't know. Covenant just seems so much better between watching my friends play. Maybe I'll just skip it, especially since I can't find the original.

#8 blueweltall   Kill the Batman CAGiversary!   6341 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 09:15 PM

I'm looking foward to the third one. I think I'm half-way through SH:C.

#9 Ecofreak   That's Ah Bingo!!! CAGiversary!   4109 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 April 2005 - 12:15 AM

I seriously hope they bring this game over, as it is defintely on/near the top of my favorite RPG's of all times. At least, for New School RPG's. =)

#10 playguuu   Wisdom CAGiversary!   2884 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 April 2005 - 05:56 AM

huh... this is my first time hearing of a third Shadow Hearts game... man...

#11 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 02:33 AM

bump with updates

#12 karsh   Allons-y! CAGiversary!   6433 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 02:58 AM

Wow...The trailer link you posted didn't work, but I went to IGN and watched it. Looks damn good. Now here's a question for you. Is it worth playing through Covenant on my own, even though I had a LOT of major plot points spoiled for me? I've seen lots of the story sequences from my friend, and she's even spoiled Yuri's fate at the end of the game (Both endings). Should I still play through it like I want to?

#13 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:05 AM

Wow...The trailer link you posted didn't work, but I went to IGN and watched it. Looks damn good. Now here's a question for you. Is it worth playing through Covenant on my own, even though I had a LOT of major plot points spoiled for me? I've seen lots of the story sequences from my friend, and she's even spoiled Yuri's fate at the end of the game (Both endings). Should I still play through it like I want to?



I'd play through it just for the battle system and fusions. If I had time I'd play it a second time. :) I loved the battle system so much that at times I enjoyed getting into battles.

Why don't you borrow your friend's copy and play it instead of buying one? (if you were planning to do that)

Is anyone else having trouble with the video download?

#14 blueweltall   Kill the Batman CAGiversary!   6341 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

blueweltall

Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:09 AM

Damn I just read the four paragraph.

#15 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:14 AM

Damn I just read the four paragraph.



You suck.

#16 stolazi   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   140 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:14 AM

I can't get the movie download to work, either.

#17 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:18 AM

I can't get the movie download to work, either.


Try it now. I just made it link to the IGN page.

#18 blueweltall   Kill the Batman CAGiversary!   6341 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

blueweltall

Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:19 AM

You suck.


I know I know. At least I'm almost done with covenant, I just got on the second disc. So guessing from the pics the indian girl has the fusion power? Or is it the main character?

#19 hiccupleftovers   Worst Poster on CAG CAGiversary!   18071 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:38 AM

I loved the first SH and am just about done with the second I believe. All great games, just need to go and finish Koudelka up.

#20 hiccupleftovers   Worst Poster on CAG CAGiversary!   18071 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:39 AM

All in a day's work of a Shadow Hearts fanboy.

Now where are Apossum, cthcky33, Mightyslacker and Dead of Knight?


You forgot to put me on that list. Ask MightySlacker and my .99 cent SH 1. Love how I got for such a cheap price.

I really hope this one makes it stateside and does well.

#21 karsh   Allons-y! CAGiversary!   6433 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 04:14 AM

I'd play through it just for the battle system and fusions. If I had time I'd play it a second time. :) I loved the battle system so much that at times I enjoyed getting into battles.

Why don't you borrow your friend's copy and play it instead of buying one? (if you were planning to do that)

Is anyone else having trouble with the video download?


Well, I really loved playing it when I played it for a bit, and I feel it may be one of those games I love owning. Plus, considering I can get it pretty cheap, I may just pick it up. I think I'll still get it. It was awesome from what they told me.

#22 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:51 PM

I know I know. At least I'm almost done with covenant, I just got on the second disc. So guessing from the pics the indian girl has the fusion power? Or is it the main character?


The second disc will hold another 20-40 hours for you depending if you take up the sidequests. It would appear that Shania is the new Harmonixer. Though how she got her Harmonixer powers is very much beyond me.

I really really want to play Shadow Hearts, but after the bit of playing I did of Covenant, I don't think I could take playing the original. It just....I don't know. Covenant just seems so much better between watching my friends play. Maybe I'll just skip it, especially since I can't find the original.


I actually enjoyed playing Shadow hearts more than Shadow Hearts: Covenant. I liked the storytelling and the atmosphere in SH more. However, SH: C was the clear winnder between the two in terms of graphics and battle system. My advice is to just give them both a try.

#23 stolazi   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   140 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

Posted 27 April 2005 - 04:01 PM

Try it now. I just made it link to the IGN page.



Thanks for that. Man, that video looks awesome. I hope SH3 makes it to the States. I just started SHC, and I'm having a blast.

Edit: So the original Shadow Hearts does not have the judgement ring battle system? I'd still like to pick it up if I could find it.

#24 gameprozero   Banned Banned   187 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:08 PM

What's up with Shadow Hearts.

#25 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:19 AM

bump for updates.

#26 blueweltall   Kill the Batman CAGiversary!   6341 Posts   Joined 14.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:04 AM

Cool thanks for the update. Hopefully this game will get pick up.

#27 madmage   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   178 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 May 2005 - 08:43 AM

i cant wait for this game. i loved the first one and i hear the second one is better. i better get cracking on Covenant!

And the first SH does have the Judgement Ring btw.

#28 cthcky33   I Heart Shadow Hearts CAGiversary!   1049 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 12 May 2005 - 05:28 PM

how did i completely miss this thread for this long?!??! CRAZY!

#29 cthcky33   I Heart Shadow Hearts CAGiversary!   1049 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 12 May 2005 - 05:34 PM

and if this doesnt come to NA i will most definately cry like a little girl...

#30 nachzeher   Shadow Hearts Fanboy CAGiversary!   2503 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 12 May 2005 - 09:14 PM

I'll PM the following the link to this post whenever I update:

cthcky33
blueweltall
hiccupieleftovers

Let me know if you wanna be added to the list.