Tim Cook Visits Mistwalker, Studio Behind Upcoming Fantasian

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Fantasian would have to be one of ATVG’s most highly anticipated upcoming Apple Arcade titles.

Fantasian is being cobbled together by the team at Mistwalker – helmed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series.

Sakaguchi’s creation featured back in March in a fascinating slice of video, in which the games veteran is seen bent over obsessing with real-world models being created for the upcoming game.  As you’ll see in the video, and in the character design from the screenshot above, there is definitely a Final Fantasy flavour going on here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook toured the studio earlier this week, and photos from his visit give a sneak peek at some of those models which will be used as environments in-game.

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Sakaguchi narrates the video, bemoaning how many models the team will need to fashion to complete the project, and the narration almost reads like a beautiful Haiku.

The full dialogue is as follows:

Fantasian is a game that shouldn’t exist.
Every day is a challenge, creating game worlds by hand.
We are building dioramas, photographing them and adding 3D characters.
I’m a little scared of how many sets we are going to have to build in the end.

The Fantasian portion of the video kicks in at 1:15, and it’s a must-watch to see these
dioramas being carefully crafted, and then gameplay footage shown implementing them.

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Does the fact that Cook visited Mistwalker during the week mean that Fantasian is readying for release? Remains to be seen.

Whether it finds its way to the service in 2019 or 2020, Fantasian is an exciting prospect.

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If you’re new to The Apple TV Gaming Blog (ATVG), or just new to Apple TV gaming in general, or both, then the best place to get acquainted is our Best Apple TV Games of 2020 article. You’ll find a great collection of games to play, and a bunch of useful links to our previous site content. Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.

Voice Actor Behind Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis To Play Oceanhorn 2 Villain

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Despite all the emo-boy-band-on-a-road-trip jokes, Final Fantasy XV was a solid addition to the decades-old JRPG series.

I’ve never been one to get much into crafting in RPGs, but discovering new recipes to rustle up around the campfire was a treat, as was the more immediate, action-based combat that hid subtle layers of depth.

A third strength behind FFXV’s success was its quality voice acting. Ever since Final Fantasy X, vocals have been a key element in connecting the player to Square Enix’s stories, and the voice acting in XV hit a high-water mark for the series.

Earlier this week, studio Cornfox & Bros. revealed the actor behind FFXV’s Noctis – Ray Chase – will voice the villain Mesmeroth in its upcoming JRPG, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm.

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Oceanhorn 2’s Main Characters Revealed

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If site traffic is anything to go by (and it is), then many of you out there in Internet-land are waiting very keenly for Oceanhorn 2 – the upcoming JRPG from Cornfox & Bros. Anytime ATVG posts news of its development, traffic flows. And from what’s been revealed so far, that high level of anticipation is definitely warranted.

While iOS is so far the only confirmed day-one release platform, ATVG reached out in 2018 to the studio and received an encouraging reply:

“I’m personally quite convinced that we will eventually cover the same platforms as we did with Oceanhorn 1, tvOS (Apple TV) of course being one of the main platforms,” wrote Cornfox’s Antti Viljamaa.

So with optimism, ATVG continues to keep a keen eye on developments, even making room for the sequel in our Most Anticipated Apple TV Games of 2019.

This week Cornfox & Bros. unveiled lots of juicy info outlining Oceanhorn 2’s three main characters, who will make up your adventuring party. A little of their backstories were revealed, and a few hints at the weapons and abilities they’ll contribute to proceedings, giving a glimpse at how they might work together to save Arcadia.

So let’s dig in.
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Nimian Legends: BrightRidge – A Walk In The Park

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But wow, what a park. And yes, you can walk, but you can also fly and swim through BrightRidge’s beautiful vistas should you so choose.

Nimian Legends: BrightRidge is a constantly growing and evolving labour of love by Robert Kabwe (trading as Protopop), and when you start to scratch the surface of this fictional world and realise the breadth of what’s on offer, it’s worth reminding yourself it’s the work of just one man.

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Early Impressions: Evoland 2

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Three hours into a game that promises around 20 hours of gameplay seems a good time to stop and take stock.

Things may change – especially in a game that at its core, is all about the evolution of gaming itself – but at this stage, our impressions are very good. It feels that it would take a massive pivot in quality – things would have to go very pear-shaped – to entirely sour our impressions by the time we post a full review.

So let’s jump in for a quick snapshot of what we’ve seen so far.

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Evoland 2’s Trailer Is Like A Trip Through A Gaming Wormhole

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It’s often said that moments before death, your life flashes before your eyes. Well if that’s the case, then watching Evoland 2’s trailer is like watching the dying memories of a hardcore, middle-aged gamer, as the evolution of gaming flashes by, moments before succumbing to the white light.

French studio Shiro Games, via publisher Playdigious, is looking to go bigger and broader in every way with its Evoland sequel, cramming in a bucketload of gaming genres and references to tickle your nostalgia bone.

It’s been a good couple of days for RPGs on Apple TV, with Chrono Trigger releasing yesterday, and Evoland 2 today. Giddy-up.

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Did You Know Classic RPG The Bard’s Tale Is Available On Apple TV?

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Sometimes a deep dive into the Apple TV’s App Store will yield bountiful loot. Yesterday I held down the Siri Remote’s mic button and voiced three of my favourite letters of the alphabet – R, P, and G – being careful to annunciate clearly. Siri heard me well, quickly advising me that there were no results for “ARE PG.”

Typing in the letters manually did the trick, with The Bard’s Tale appearing in the list of results.

With a quick double-take, I thought, wait a minute, is that the The Bard’s Tale?

Yep.

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Realms and Skyrim Hit Minecraft: Apple TV Edition

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Okay this news is a bit old – it happened at the end of last week – but it’s definitely worth a post. As mentioned in our recent post detailing what developers want from WWDC 2017 for Apple TV, Mojang’s continued support of this fledgling platform is great to see. The latest Minecraft content keeps finding its way through to the device, with this newest update adding Mojang’s subscription service – Realms – and its Skyrim mash-up for your enjoyment.

You probably know what Skyrim is, but what’s Realms?

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Space Combat RPG Stellar Wanderer Coming to Apple TV Next Week

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Fight. Mine. Explore. Trade. Apple TV gamers looking to settle in and enjoy those four tenets of the 3D space combat genre have so far only had Galaxy on Fire: Manticore Rising to toy with. While the prologue to Galaxy on Fire 3 is good fun, it’s not a particularly deep experience, tasking players  with a fairly linear mission structure.

Stellar Wanderer on the other hand takes its RPG trappings a little more seriously, with Crescent Moon Games going so far as to label it a “Space Opera,” and promising over ten hours of gameplay in order to complete the main storyline. Throw in some side missions, mining and exploration, and Apple TV gamers should have a good few hours of gaming ahead of them.

These sorts of deeper, richer experiences are just what Apple TV is needing more of. As I described recently in my review of Red’s Kingdom, ports of simple one-touch iOS games are not what you sit down in front of your big screen for.

Crescent Moon Games have announced “next week” as the scheduled release for Stellar Wanderer on Apple TV, with it coming via a “massive update” to the iOS version which adds universal compatibility, and of course the “massive update” wording could also mean extra content, so fingers crossed on that front. I would expect it to hit Thursday or Friday, given that the studio (and prolific publisher) normally follows the established iOS release routine.

Good times ahead.