With the new year it’s time to get ready for some new game announcements. Later this month there will be the EAG Expo in London, UK; then next month in Japan is JAEPO where much of what we can expect to see in the Japanese market through the year will be unveiled. In regards to that show, we have our first announcement of what we can expect to see there – Bandai Namco is releasing a new version of their successful Deadstorm Pirates arcade game that is being called Deadstorm Pirates Special Edition. This is not the same as their Deadstorm Pirates 4D+ attraction but an upgrade to existing DSP games.
Aside from the obvious differences in the cabinet above (particular the lit-up skull) other differences include the addition of two new stages, the final stage can be picked at the beginning of the game and there is a new ending video, possibly that can mean an alternate ending. For the two new stages, one of those is described as a tower level that has a roller coaster style design to it; the other is an “eerie fort”. It is scheduled for a Japanese release in March.
Given how well Deadstorm Pirates has done out West I think there is a pretty good chance that this update could find its way over to us sometime after the Japanese launch.
Speaking of new games, I got my hands on the new Batman arcade game by Raw Thrills and here is my review of it. I hope to get some footage of Sega’s Transformers Human Alliance here soon and I also have another arcade montage video and some related to Dariusburst in the works. Editing takes forever though so I’m not sure when I’ll have each of these rolled out but I’ll try and make it soon, before the Vegas Amusement Expo if that is possible.