New Game+ Expo Gave Me an Excuse to Gush About The Last Friend

New Game+ Expo Gave Me an Excuse to Gush About The Last Friend

The 2022 New Game+ Expo, one of the many digital events that sprouted up over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, aired today. The show specifically focuses on a lot of Japanese companies, such as NIS, Aksys Games, and Natsume. If you didn’t get to watch the show live, we’ve got a recap for your right here.

Put your thieving skills to the test on the streets of Mikado! Will you walk the path of honor for the sake of your family? The choice is yours to make in Kamizawa: Way of the Thief, coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PC Fall 2022!#Kamiwaza pic.twitter.com/r3CpMSpu7i

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Kami Waza: Way of the Thief

First up is Kami Waza: Way of the Thief, an adventure game that looks either incredibly stylish or like a PS2 game depending on the shot. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch this fall, and looks like it focuses on thievery, but there will be some choice involved about how honorably you want to go about it.

Underworld Dreams: The False King is launching on PC and Nintendo Switch later this year! Play the demo now!

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— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Underworld Dreams: The False King

Starting your trailer off with some found footage is a great way to set up some bad vibes, but Lovecraftian Underworld Dreams centers around a man searching for his brother in a desolate, creepy home. It’s coming to PC and Switch this year and has a demo available now.

A stylish and fast-paced 2D action-RPG that will keep you on your toes! Available now in Early Access on PC and Xbox Game Preview and launching this Spring on PC, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. pic.twitter.com/Z5zEbqPn7O

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Unsouled

Action RPG game Unsouled features some gorgeous 2D sprite work. It’s available through Early Access on PC and Xbox Game Preview, and is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this spring.

Blast your way to the top! Team up and storm the skyscraper in this gang-busting, name-taking, explosive shooter. Take down London gangsters, turning the weapons of the fallen into your personal arsenal. Man by man, floor by floor, quell the enemy onslaught. Whatever it takes! pic.twitter.com/RR8ZfvdbNl

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Rico London

Stylish shooter Rico London is coming to Xbox on April 28.

Action-packed battles return with Dusk Diver 2 this Summer on PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch – now with 8 playable characters! pic.twitter.com/4GcRvYiwhB

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Dusk Diver 2

It was announced Dusk Diver 2 would be coming west in the last week, but the game made an appearance at New Game+ Expo in case you missed it. The game will bring eight playable characters to PS4, PS5, and Switch this summer.

A Japanese-style roguelite action game in which you fight samurai and monsters in stages that change as you play, eventually aiming to defeat the eight-headed serpent! SamuraiBringer will be released on April 21, 2022! #SamuraiBringer pic.twitter.com/zT6AdI7Huc

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Samurai Bringer

Samurai Bringer is an action-roguelite in the style of something like Hades, but set in a Japanese, samurai-centric setting. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch on April 21.

Experience the exemplars of the Fallen Legion series for the first time on PS5 and Xbox consoles with this amazing double pack featuring new content, battle systems and more! Coming Summer 2022. pic.twitter.com/2XHirOaEms

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Fallen Legion

Fallen Legion and its sequel Fallen Legion Revanants will be coming to PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X this summer. The ports will feature new content and updates to the original battle systems.

Amnesia™: Memories and Amnesia™: Later x Crowd are coming to the Nintendo Switch this Fall! Wishlist the Limited Edition today at https://t.co/MsxKNerhaM. pic.twitter.com/fpfDyvRBzh

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Amnesia: Memories and Amnesia: Later Crowd

The original Amnesia: Memories was one of my earlier forays into otome dating sims, and while I had some real issues with the relationship dynamics, explaining the wild directions of its various routes to my friends was a whole event when it came to the west in 2015. Well now it and its follow-up Amnesia: Later x Crowd, are coming to Switch this fall. And I just might have to indulge in its nonsense again.

Embark on an exciting Ys adventure with Adol the Red and discover the mysteries behind the mystical maiden Dana in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA! Sailing onto the PS5 this Fall!#YsVIIIPS5 pic.twitter.com/hu3WMBd85E

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is coming to PlayStation 5 this fall, and the port of the 2016 RPG was showcased with a new trailer.

What lies beyond the path towards hope? Fates are sealed as paradigms shift and a new era unfolds in Azure Striker GUNVOLT 3 available July 28, 2022! pic.twitter.com/l7Kn1z93m5

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3, the latest entry in the sidescrolling action series, is coming to Switch on July 28.

You have been assigned to join an elite group of underground explorers. Terrifying monsters lurk in the shadows. Dangerous criminals hunt for resources. Large numbers of people are missing. The ultimate test of survival begins now… pic.twitter.com/35cF8qXaw4

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi, a dungeon crawler from Aksys and Experience, is coming to PlayStation 5 this summer.

Keep your action platformer skills sharp with Blade Assault, a hack-and-slash roguelite! pic.twitter.com/x09i5Dwd1b

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Blade Assault

Blade Assault is a gorgeous 2D roguelite, and is available on Steam. However, it’s also planned to come to PS4 and Switch, if that’s your platform preference.

2D Anime fighting that will have the fire in your heart burning like habanero salsa! ???????? #PhantomBreakerOmnia now available on Steam (PC), PS4, Switch and Xbox One! pic.twitter.com/3nO8VRA30k

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Phantom Breaker Omnia

Fighting game with an extremely enthusiastic announcer Phantom Breaker Omnia is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.

Go island hopping in The Courier – coming to PC and Consoles later this year! #TheCourier pic.twitter.com/mUi8bFSu81

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

The Courier

Exploration and city maintenance is at the core of The Courier, which is set to launch on PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch in 2022. A demo will be available two weeks ahead of launch, but 2022 is as specific as the presentation got.

REPLICA, a dystopian interactive novel adventure that allows you to peek into other people’s cell phones under state surveillance, will be released on PS4 & Xbox One on April 5! #REPLICA #Somi pic.twitter.com/Jskp7v8d1o

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Replica

Replica is an adventure game that takes place entirely within an in-game phone interface by Playism, the studio behind Gnosia. That sounds totally my jam, but given that it’s all within a phone, I kinda wish it was coming to mobile instead of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But I’m intrigued, and it’s coming to those consoles on April 5.

Spacelines from the Far Out is launching this Spring for PX and XBOX! Be sure to wishlist today!

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— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Spacelines from the Far Out

Next up is Spacelines from the Far Out, a cooperative, roguelite spaceship management sim with a quirky vibe. You’re managing what is essentially an airline where people use your spaceship to travel and you’ve gotta keep them happy on the way to their destination. It’s coming to PC and Xbox this spring.

At the end of a brutal war, countries dismantled their weapons. When the Gozareans attack, two pilots realize their trusty vintage fighter planes are the only means of combating the alien’s powerful technologies. Hugh & Figaro are the world’s last wings of hope. pic.twitter.com/Tz1frRDdk1

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Horgihugh and Friends

Horgihugh and Friends, a sidescrolling bullet hell game with cute anthropomorphic animals behind the wheel is coming to Switch on June 16.

What fate will you choose for Shanao? The visual novel Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei arrives to the Nintendo Switch on June 28th! Wishlist the Limited Edition now! pic.twitter.com/cpqZvpBiUg

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Birushana Rising Flower of Genpei

Dating sim Birushana Rising Flower of Genpei was shown during the New Game+ Expo alongside its limited edition, which includes two CDs, one contains audio dramas while the other is the soundtrack, five double-sided bromides, a trading card, steelbook case, and an artbook. The visual novel will launch on Switch on June 28.

An action-packed roguelite platformer where you must march on to save the Demon King. pic.twitter.com/lmjVv0sRVY

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Skul: The Hero Slayer

There’s been a lot of really pretty sprite work happening at New Game+ Expo. Including Skul: The Hero Slayer, a fantasy roguelite platformer. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.

Read and understand the investigation documents, battle suspects using the law and evidence, and submit your judgment of guilt or innocence. The socially-conscious mystery adventure “Legal Dungeon” will be available on PS4 and Xbox One on April 5th. #LegalDungeson #Somi pic.twitter.com/EPTdgOl7ox

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Legal Dungeon

Legal Dungeon is a mystery-driven adventure game with some…dungeon crawling elements? This is mainly a stylistic choice in how it game-ifies the mystery mechanics. It’s coming to PS4 and Xbox on April 5.

Kisa is about to give up her dream of being an actor when she is offered the chance to attend the prestigious All Boys Drama School. Will Kisa be able to compete against her classmates and win the lead role in the final performance while keeping her identity a secret? pic.twitter.com/m6sQ3J4hnB

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Jack Jeanne

Jack Jeanne is a visual novel about a woman who is allowed to attend an all-boys school, so long as she keeps her identity as a woman a secret. It’s coming to Switch in 2023.

UNDYING is coming to PC and consoles this summer! If you can’t wait, Early Access is now available on Steam!

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— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Undying

Undying, the post-apocalyptic survival game that’s been in Early Access for a bit now, is launching properly on PC and consoles this summer. Shoutout to the developers who had to endure the stream crashing during their trailer because that would make me want to puke.

Experience exhilarating grappling action in this dystopian action platformer! pic.twitter.com/WwDxwbTXCO

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Sanabi

More slick 2D action game fun comes in the form of Cyberpunk sidescroller Sanabi. The game is coming to PC through Early Access this spring. A free prologue is available now.

Continue the adventures of Pocky & Rocky in the latest installment of the series! #PockyandRocky #Reshrined pic.twitter.com/AWgfm0iZ56

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined 

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined makes another New Game+ Expo appearance this year, with the top-down shooter coming to PS4 and Switch on June 24.

The Last Friend is launching on Nintendo Switch this April! Be sure to check out the demo and wishlist on the eshop!

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— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

The Last Friend

I loved The Last Friend, Stonebot’s beat-em-up/tower defense mashup all about saving good dogs in a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s only been on PC for a bit, but the Switch version is coming out on April 21. A demo is available now, and I highly recommend giving it a shot. I was sold on it so quickly when I played it at PAX South in the Before Times, and the final game really lived up to those expectations.

Experience part of NIS history with Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 3: La Pucelle: Ragnarok / Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure coming to Nintendo Switch packed with exclusive new content!#NISClassicsVol3 pic.twitter.com/CUdcgOnQxG

— NewGame+Expo (@newgameplusexpo) March 31, 2022

La Pucelle Ragnarok and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure

Closing out the show is the latest release in the NIS Classics Volume 3 collection: La Pucelle Ragnarok and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure. Both classic games are coming to the Switch this summer.