Weekend Announcements December 15-17th: DJMAX Respect, Dragon's Crown and More

By Rebecca Smith,
Sony's Playstation Experience may have ended but that doesn't mean that the announcements have slowed down at all. Here are 12 titles that may have escaped your attention:

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The latest title to be published by Curve Digital is Alawar Games' tactical strategy game. Players assume the role of a landlord who lives in a totalitarian state set in a dystopian future. The rules are strict and they cover everything, including the clothes you wear. As the landlord, you must spy on tenants, listen to their conversations, interview their neighbours and search through their belongings to find out every detail about their lives. Then you need to write a report detailing everything you've found and present it to the state — if the profile is incorrect or incomplete, you'll be penalised by the state. If you don't want to snitch on your neighbours completely, you can hold back information for a bit of income by blackmail, but push your tenants too far and there will be consequences. The Playstation 4 version includes all of the DLC released for PC and will be released on January 16th.


Seven years have passed since the west got a DJMAX title, but that wait is about to be over. Publisher Neowiz will be bringing Rocky Studio's Playstation 4 rhythm title to the west in Q1 2018. The game will include 147 tracks for players to try, including 40 written exclusively for this title. All of the classic songa have been remastered to run at 1080p with 60FPS gameplay. There will also be local and online multiplayer, trophies, leaderboards and collections that allow you to compare your progress with other players.

Dragon's Crown

In 2013, Dragon's Crown was released for Playstation 3 and Vita. Five years later, the game will be released on Playstation 4 too. The game puts players in the role of a group of heroes that take on quests and missions in the many dungeons that surround the medieval fantasy land of Hydeland, but the ultimate quest is to find the Dragon's Crown. Each of the heroes has their own unique abilities to use to face the many enemies that stand in your way. The title will come with current-gen upgrades, such as visuals and presentation, and will be available in Spring 2018 for US$49.99 or regional equivalent.


New publisher Humble Bundle revealed their lineup for 2018 and it included three titles coming to unconfirmed consoles, the first of which is HopFrog's open world, adventure and exploration game that draws inspiration from The Legend of Zelda, Terraria, Stardew Valley and Minecraft. Players must explore the land, uncover its secrets, solve puzzles, vanquish foes and create relationships with other friendly NPCs. They'll also need to build a base, defend it, manage resources, craft items and learn new skills and abilities. PC players can already playtest the game and can download it from here if they wish.

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms (JP) (Vita)

Continuing the story that began in Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, the second of the two Hakuoki visual novels tells the story of Chizuru who is looking for her father. As she travels through Edo, she'll romance a series of the famous warriors of Shinsengumi, but the warriors have a challenge to overcome themselves as their survival is threatened by the Imperial Army. The title will be appearing on Playstation Vita in the west this coming spring.


The second of the three Humble Bundle titles is Chevy Ray Johnston's turn-based RPG. The school of Ikenfell teaches magic and enchantments to young children, but they're not always so well behaved. Alongside their friends, a group of troublemakers battle against evil creatures in a bid to solve a dark mystery and find a girl who has mysteriously gone missing. The title is coming to unconfirmed consoles next year.

Inexplicable Deaths in Damipolis: Inner Thoughts

Successfully funded through Kickstarter, this first-person graphic adventure will now be arriving on Playstation 4 next year. Players assume the role of a guest at a luxurious banquet. You wake up with a thumping headache and complete amnesia. Bodies surround you as it quickly dawns that all of the other guests are dead. With no idea as to how or even why you survived, you need to explore the huge mansion to find out what happened and why. The problem is that the banquet hall isn't the only booby-trapped room in the house and you'll need your wits about you if you're to survive, let alone discover the truth.

Lost Soul Aside

Initially revealed as part of The China Hero Project, UltiZero Games' upcoming fantasy action RPG title made another appearance with a gameplay demo at Playstation Experience. The title follows the story of Kazer, a human who was accidentally combined with another creature from an ancient race known as Arena. Since the war ended ten years ago, monsters have been appearing on the planet and it's up to Kazer to vanquish them. The title is in the early stages of development for Playstation 4 and doesn't yet have a release window.

Medusa and Her Lover

PLAYISM's next published title is the first of the list to feature Playstation VR. The title tells the story of Medusa and her lover who must work together. They need to make the most use of her ability to turn anything to stone but this also means she can't look at her lover lest he be calcified. The game also supports non-VR local co-op for two players. The title will be released for Playstation 4 at a later date.

Mineko’s Night Market

Meowza Games' story of friendship, choices and cats is the third of the three Humble Bundle titles. Players assume the role of Minekp, a girl who decides to make her home on a superstitious Japanese island at the base of Mount Fugu. The island is overrun with cats and the locals worship Abe, the biggest sun-cat of them all. He was thought to be a myth but recent sightings question that theory. It's up to Mineko to discover the island's secrets, complete jobs and quests, and gather resources so that she can trade in the town's weekly market. The better she does at the market, the bigger it becomes and the more residents will be attracted to the town too. Like the other two titles, this one will be arriving on unconfirmed consoles in 2018.

Mini Wheels

If you yearn for a meaningful single-player game in arcade racing titles like Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing, Enigma Studios' upcoming title might be the one for you. In this story-driven karting game, players must help Pipo, a lost toy that's trapped in the basement of a house. He needs to find his owner again, but to do this he needs to challenge other characters that rule different parts of the house so that he can make his escape. The title is making its way to Playstation 4 next year. For now, take a look at some of the bosses you'll encounter:

Vacation Simulator

From the team behind Job Simulator comes another Playstation VR title. This time you're going on holiday to Vacation Island where your tasks are to relax, take part in various recreational activities and get sunburnt. Enjoy some much needed time off with a tribe of robotic friends who all have their own ideas about what you should do. The title will be arriving on Playstation 4 next year.

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Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.