Summer Release Calendar – Prepare thy Wallet for Pain
One says Summer, but then it is more like Summer + one month on either side. That being said, August and (arguably) June are comparatively slow compared to their preceding months. This basically amounts to three months of financial pain, interspersed with two months of mere financial discomfort. We have previously had hard release dates for Resident Evil Village, the HD Remaster of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, the physical release of Saga Frontier, Monster Harvest, Ninja Gaiden: Master Edition, Final Fantasy VII Intergrade, Guilty Gear Strive, the physical release of Legend of Mana, Scarlet Nexus, Mario Golf: Super Rush, the HD re-release of Skyward Sword, Neo: The World Ends With You, the physical release of the Blaster Master Zero Trilogy, and No More Heroes 3. Now joining these games are Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, Monster Hunter Stories 2, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, Tales of Arise, and (probably) Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute, which have all received release dates this week. Below is the five month schedule of Japanese game releases as it exists right now:
May is getting off to a sprint with the release of Resident Evil Village right around the corner, on May 7. The game will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbone, Series X, and PC. After this there will be about two weeks of breathing room before Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne releases on May 25 for the Switch, PS4, and PC. The physical release of Saga Frontier for Nintendo Switch follows this in quick succession on May 31, just a little too late for our site playthrough. Too bad. That being said, one of the upsides of Square Enix’s tardy physical release schedule is that (presumably) any possible day-1 patch would be included on the game card.
The month of June is absolutely packed with releases, yet a lot of these seem inessential, at least to this author’s tastes. Monster Harvest, which looks like a Stardew Valley asset flip, will be releasing for Switch, PS4, Xbone, and PC on June 3. This looks kind of bad, yet Caspius has expressed some grudging interest in the title, and Imitanis will probably unironically love it, so it probably warrants a mention here. Ninja Gaiden: Master Edition, which is basically a butchered HD re-release of the Ninja Gaiden trilogy, will release on June 10 for Switch, PS4, Xbone, and PC. Another game releasing on June 10 is the casual trap known as Final Fantasy VII Intergrade for PS5. Owners of the PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake will be able to upgrade to Intergrade for free, so PS5 owners can save themselves a bunch of money by purchasing that version instead. That said, you should really think twice before purchasing the game at all. Just one day later, Guilty Gear Strive will be releasing on June 11 for PS4, PS5, PC, and Arcade. From here there will be a small respite until June 24, when the physical version of Legend of Mana releases for the Switch. One day later Scarlet Nexus, which looks to be the spiritual sequel to Code Vein, will be releasing on June 25 for PS4, PS5, Xbone, Series X, and PC. Also releasing on June 25th will be Mario Golf: Super Rush for Nintendo Switch, which will include an RPG style career mode. Phew!
July 6 will see the release of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox for the Switch and PC. Monster Hunter Stories 2, a good looking JRPG set in the world of Monster Hunter, will release on July 9 for Switch and PC. The HD port of Skyward Sword will release on July 16 for the Nintendo Switch, and our site-wide playthrough of the game will begin immediately thereafter. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a HD port of a 3DS Phoenix Wright spin-off trilogy, which was previously exclusive to Japan – so this may as well be a new game for most of us. It will be releasing July 27 for the Switch, PS4, and PC. Neo: The World Ends With You also releases for Switch, PS4, and PC on July 27, to provide some competition for The Great Ace Attorney. Two days later the physical version of Blaster Master Zero Trilogy will release for Switch on July 29.
The month of August will provide some breathing room. No More Heroes 3 is the only game that will be releasing for the month, on August 27; but it is a big release for Nintendo, being a Switch exclusive and all.
September 10 will see the release of Tales of Arise for the PS4, PS5, Xbone, Series X, and PC – basically everything except for the Nintendo Switch. Bandai Namco must be kicking themselves for not having the foresight to add Nintendo Switch into the mix, since that is pretty much where their audience is. That being said, the last mainline Tales release was for the PS3 in 2016, so the Tales of team would have started working on Tales of Arise before the Switch found its success, and possibly even before the console was on the market. Finally, Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute will be releasing on September 30 for Switch and PS4 – but the announcement does not make it clear whether this date applies worldwide, or whether it just for the release of the Japanese version. This title will include the the 1997 release of Cotton 2, the 1998 release of Cotton Boomerang, and the 1998 release of Guardian Force.
Resident Evil Village – May 7th
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – May 25th
Saga Frontier – May 31st
Monster Harvest – June 3rd
Ninja Gaiden: Master Edition – June 10th
Final Fantasy VII Intergrade – June 10th
Guilty Gear Strive – June 11th
Legend of Mana – June 24th
Scarlet Nexus – June 25th
Mario Golf: Super Rush – June 25th
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – July 6th
Monster Hunter Stories 2 – July 9th
Skyward Sword – July 16th
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – July 27th
Neo: The World Ends With You – July 27th
Blaster Master Zero Trilogy – July 29th
No More Heroes 3 – August 27th
Tales of Arise – September 10th
Cotton Guardian Force Saturn Tribute – September 30th (?)
God help us if any other release dates get added to this list. Still, this is a good problem to have – anyone who lived through the lean years of 2008 – 2014 could tell you that. Better to have feast than famine, even if our wallets struggle to keep up.