Weekend Announcements November 9-11th: Idea Factory, Plague Hunters and Woodpunk

By Rebecca Smith,
I thought we were having a quiet weekend, but then Idea Factory held their fifth annual press event, during which they announced three new titles that would be heading west. With the other two titles from earlier in the week, this brings us to five new games that we'll be meeting today. You can take a closer look at all of them below.

Arc of Alchemist

Idea Factory's first title is Compile Heart's RPG where players trek through the Desert of Beginnings in search of the saviour of humanity. The king has sent a team of soldiers, led by Quinn Bravesford, to find the four Orbs that will power the Lunagear. Once all four Orbs have been found, the wielder will have access to the Great Power, which is the key to saving humanity. Finding the orbs is a mammoth task in itself when travelling a hostile landscape filled with enemy Machine Dolls, but when you're racing against the mighty military of the Principality of Neuhaven who has the same goal as you do, it makes things far harder... especially when you're not sure you even believe that the Great Power is real. The game is coming to PlayStation 4 in summer 2019.

DATE A LIVE: Rio Reincarnation

The second title from Idea Factory is STING and Compile Heart's "adventure/visual novel" based on Fujimi Fantasia Bunko's light novel series. The appearance of Spirits has caused large disasters known as Spacequakes. Only high school student Shido Itsuka has the ability to thwart the power of a Spirit, something he must do to save both humanity and the Spirits themselves. After narrowly escaping being trapped in a virtual reality, Shido can't shake a feeling of helplessness and discomfort. Somewhere in the world exists a disturbance. Is it linked to a new character, Rinne–Rio Sonogami, and a girl with the same surname, who together wander the world looking for the "most important thing"? You'll find out when the title is released for PlayStation 4 in summer 2019, although it will unfortunately include two modified CG scenes from its original Japanese counterpart.


Dragon Star Varnir

As if two titles weren't enough, Compile Heart and Idea Factory are bringing this turn-based RPG to PlayStation 4 in the west. The Knight Zephy is part of an order whose only objective is to hunt down witches who give birth to dragons. When one of his missions goes wrong, he almost loses his life, but he is saved by two witches who feed him dragon blood to keep him alive. This gives him new magic abilities, but instead of making his job easier, it instead turns his former colleagues against him. Now in league with the witches, he sets out to destroy the remaining dragon hunters, and a witch "more powerful than any in existence". This title is the first of the three to arrive in spring 2019, but will also include two modified CG scenes from its original Japanese counterpart.

Plague Hunters

In Arcade Distillery's sequel to Plague Road, players need to explore the land of Kasalli, but if they're to beat the twisted beasts that are the result of the plague, they'll need to form a party and take them on in "turn-based tactical combat". Each of the hunters in the party can acquire new skills and abilities to help them progress, and if one no longer fits your party, you can trade them with other players. Apart from that, we don't know much else. The game is coming to PlayStation 4 in the future.


Meteorbyte Studios' "fast-paced roguelike retro shooter" takes place in an alternate Medieval era. Aquinas is an inventor helping to create futuristic inventions, but this also creates a futuristic warfare. He goes into battle using weapons of his own creation, put together from many independent modules that can create over 1400 unique weapons, like bomb-firing machine guns and ice-shotguns. He's accompanied by a wooden robot known as Theo, who can create new weapons, or transform into a turret or wall depending on whether players want better offensive or defensive capabilities. The dynamically created levels feature fully destructible environments, as well as hordes of enemies and huge bosses. A second player will also be able to join in the fun by assuming the role of Theo when the game hits PlayStation 4 in Q1 2019.

Which of these titles will you be trying?
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.