Stella Glow to get American demo on October 27th

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If you wanted to check out the SRPG released by SEGA in Japan and developed by Imageepoch called ‘Stella Glow‘, you will be able to play a demo soon thanks to Atlus. Atlus has announced that the demo will hit the American Nintendo e-shop on the October 27th.

Pictured above is the Atlus launch day edition of the game that comes with a ton of goodies. Make sure if you want all that good stuff, that you pre-order the game at your local pre-ordering game store. The game will be released in North America on November 17th, 2015 and cost $49.99 USD.

Stella Glow hits North America on November 17th

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Stella Glow, a SRPG for the Nintendo 3DS is one of those games that almost never came out. The developer Imageepoch was not only going to develop it themselves, but also self publish Stella Glow to celebrate the studio’s 10th year anniversary. Sadly the company had to file bankruptcy. SEGA picked up the publishing rights for the game in Japan and like typical SEGA fashion, had no plans on publishing it outside of Japan.

In comes Atlus, who picked up the title to distribute in North America (game is coming to Europe via NIS America) and now we have a release date! Set your calendars to November 17th, the game will retail for $49.99/ CA$59.99. If you get the game during its launch window you will get the ‘Launch Day Edition’ upgrade for free. Hit jump to read what you get with the Launch Day Edition of Stella Glow.

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Atlus USA shows off Stella Glow’s English opening movie, new screens and US box art

Originally Stella Glow was suppose to be not only developed by Imageepoch, but also published by them. Sadly they went bankrupt and SEGA picked up publishing duties for the game in Japan, while Atlus USA picked up publishing for the West. Today Atlus USA has posted the following opening movie for the English release of Stella Glow, featuring new music and introducing us to the main cast of characters. Atlus also posted the following information regarding the game:

  • Song Magic: Famous Japanese voice actors sing more than 20 songs in the game. Plus, the soundtrack is composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears). The songs are part of Song Magic – a vital combat and story element.
  • Players will get an allotment of Free Time where they can upgrade or buy items, tune Witches’ hearts, explore, and grind experience, but that’s in limited supply as Combat Time will drive along the game’s story.
  • Stella Glow will have 40-60 hours of story and side quest content, with multiple endings, New Game+ mode, and more than 50 maps to battle on, the world of Stella Glow is rich and vibrant with tons to do!
  • From the team behind the classic Luminous Arc games comes a brand new IP with the same renowned strategic combat.

Stella Glow will be released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS and according to Atlus USA it will be available this holiday season (Amazon has it listed for November 17th and priced at $49.99). Below is the new box art (same as Japanese version) for the US release and new screenshots of the game.

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Stella Glow developer Imageepoch files for bankruptcy

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After suffering millions in losses, employees heading to other companies, and last month’s disappearance of their CEO, Imageepoch will be filing for bankruptcy.

Founded in 2005, Imageepoch enjoyed moderate success as a JRPG developer. Some hardcore SEGA fans may know them through their work on the DS’s Sands of Destruction. They also developed the 7th Dragon series, which was produced by Skies of Arcadia and Phantasy Star creator Reiko Kodama and published by SEGA. The company was set to celebrate their 10th anniversary next month with the release of the SEGA-published 3DS JRPG Stella Glow.

The company was doing well through September 2011, when they reported 1.7 billion yen in profit. Unfortunately, not long after the company announced they would start self-publishing some of their games, they began to run into problems. Just two years later, the company reported a mere 400 million yen in profits. Many of their self-published games were met with mediocre reviews and sold poorly. Now, the company has 1.1 billion yen in debt owed to 43 creditors, with an additional 3 million owed to five creditors through affiliate company Smile Online.

According to Siliconera, this bankruptcy won’t affect the release of Stella Glow, which has been completed for some time. Stella Glow was originally announced as a self-published title, before SEGA picked up publishing duties in mid-March.

If you want an in-depth look at the fall of Imageepoch, you might want to take a look at this article. I’m not familiar with the website, but a lot of the information inside it seems to check out with what I’ve read elsewhere.

Stella Glow will be released by SEGA on June 4. It’s set to be localized by Atlus later this year.

[Via: Siliconera]

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SEGA’s Stella Glow stream shows an extensive preview of the game

If you have been living under a rock and missed the news that SEGA was going to publish Imageepoch’s 3DS SRPG Stella Glow, now you know. Another good piece of news is that the game is also coming to the west thanks to Atlus later this year.

Above is a Japanese live stream that shows off what you can expect form the game when it comes out. Including a look at the artistic graphics, variety of places to visit and much more. Also, lots of anime babes (if that is your thing).

So what do you guys think about this game? Worth your time?

Atlus bringing Stella Glow to North America

Stella Glow, an upcoming JRPG by Imageepoch that’ll be published by SEGA in Japan, is getting an English version thanks to Atlus. Right now there aren’t any details about the North American release, aside from that it’ll be released later this year. This’ll be the first time Atlus has handled the western release of a SEGA game since they were bought by the company.

SEGA had announced that they’ll be publishing the game in Japan earlier this month, where it’ll be coming to stores on June 4th. If the game will be coming to European stores as well hasn’t been announced yet.

SEGA published SRPG Stella Glow gets first gameplay footage

A few days ago we posted that Stella Glow, an SRPG 3DS game was being published by SEGA and developed by Imageepoch. Outside of a few screenshots, we didn’t really know what the game would look like in action, until now. Above is the brand new trailer showing off some anime cutscenes and later on the first gameplay.

The in-game graphics remind me a lot of Imageepooch’s last game they created with SEGA titled 7th Dragon, more specifically the sequel called 7th Dragon 2020. The game is set to release in Japan on June 4th, no western release dates have been announced and seeing as Imageepoch’s past couple SEGA published games never made it west; I wouldn’t hold my breath.

SEGA developing 7th Dragon sequel, this one on PSP

1up reports, via Famitsu, that Imagepoch is developing a sequel to the DS RPG 7th Dragon, which never saw release in North America. Called 7th Dragon 2020, the follow-up is looking to take place in a futuristic version of Tokyo, a contrast to the original game’s more medieval style. The game is said to feature a revamp in art direction and character design, and will supposedly release this year.

SEGA will once again be publishing it, though since they never localized the first 7th Dragon, chances of the West getting this one seem pretty slim.

Check out the official site.

[Source: 1up.com]