ATLUS E3 Reveals Zeno Clash II, Code of Princess, and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

ATLUS has revealed three games on the first day of E3: Zeno Clash II, Code of Princess, and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes.

Zeno Clash II is a sequel to the indie first-person melee brawler made by ACE Team, a team of Chilean developers. It will be available in early 2013 on XBLA, PSN, and Steam.

The description of the game is as follows:

The world of Zenozoik comes alive like never before, an open world waiting to be explored, rendered with breathtaking splendor. As Ghat, players can fully and freely explore every natural and architectural wonder his world has to offer. In addition to most of the characters, enemies, and items from the first game—all of which return with dramatic visual enhancement—Ghat can also expect to encounter awe-inspiring new sights, jaw-dropping new creature designs, and wildly creative new weapons and items.

Code of Princess is a beat-em-up/RPG title coming to the 3DS in fall 2012. The game is about Solange, a princess in a kingdom overrun by goblins. She pairs up with a bandit named Ali in order to weild a sacred blade to save the kingdom. The game will offer co-op and versus multiplayer. Pre-ordering the game will net players a collection of artwork from Kinu Nishimura and music from ACE.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3 in September 2012. It is part of the Sherlock Holmes series. In this investigation game, Sherlock Holmes has returned jewels to their rightful owner, only to be told that not only are the jewels fake, but Holmes is the main suspect.

Analysis: It’s E3 time, baby, and that means the games are getting announced like hotcakes. ATLUS has three of them ready for us already.

Zeno Clash II looks like an interesting concept, if nothing else. I haven’t played the first, but I’ve heard good things about the game, especially the visual design. It’s nice to see an indie developer get a sequel, so kudos to ATLUS for helping out with that. The scripting of the trailer seemed a little forced to me, if I’m to be completely honest, but they still have time to work out any of the kinks.

Code of Princess also looks really pretty, but the game itself sounds a bit cliché. Princess plus monsters attacking plus sacred blade equals way too many RPGs I know. Still, it’s ATLUS, so they probably have something up their sleeve. I’d like to see more information on the game, personally, as I’m kind of a sucker for RPGs.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes also sounds a bit cliché. Sherlock Holmes being accused of a crime? All the evidence points to him, but he’s the only one who can solve the mystery? That’s kind of a side effect of being a part of the Sherlock Holmes lore, however; the toughest crime to solve is the one where you’re a suspect because no one believes you. I’m pretty sure this game was originally supposed to have come out in 2010, so the extra two years should be good for it.

An interesting lineup for sure. Let’s see where ATLUS can take it.


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