Project X Zone Now Available in NA; New Demos Coming to Europe; Art Winners Announced

projectxzonecontestJust a quick note we missed yesterday is that Project X Zone was released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America yesterday. Meanwhile, Europe is on track to receive it on July 5th. In the meantime, the European Nintendo 3DS eShop will play host to a second demo, “Dark Hours,” which is scheduled for June 27. According to a tip from Magnet_Man, this one features X and Zero in action. Word is that North America will also get the demo, but we've been unable to locate any information as to when, though it could also come tomorrow, June 27th.

Finally, if you remember the art contest for the game that Capcom Unity was holding, the winners have been selected! You can find those here, while honorable mentions-- such as the excellent Heihachi x Wily pic by Dwayne G. seen at right-- can be found here.

Rumor: Project X Zone is Westward Bound

TSSZ News is reporting that Nintendo has confirmed at a recent press event in Spain that the game no one (relatively speaking) thought had any chance of leaving Japan is doing just that. As seen in the picture at right (click to enlarge), Project X Zone-- the crossover title featuring characters from SEGA, Namco Bandai, and Capcom, including X, Zero, Iris, Vile, and Tron Bonne-- is slated for a European release in 2013. While no other details were given, this seems to make it that much more likely a North American release is also in the cards. And if it isn't, at least it will have some form of localization for those bold enough to purchase a European Nintendo 3DS to play the game as an import.

Edit: After WilyNumber13's comment, marking this as a rumor might be the safer bet. However, it's one we're inclined to believe at the moment.

Source: Vicio Juegos, TSSZ News

Iris Making PXZ a Bit More Tragic

Just a small info update on Bandai Namco's Project X Zone. A recent update details some of the support characters, and we get a little more idea what Iris is up to. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear the afterlife has changed her mind much. Her description says of her, "A Reploid woman who once served as an operator for the Maverick Hunters HQ. She was thought to have met a tragic end during a battle, however..." Furthermore, the key quote given to her is, naturally, "I want to be in a world of only Reploids... with you." This may tie into the conversation we see Iris and Zero are having, where Zero says "Iris. That is my answer. My hope, again is..."

Despite knowing that the whole idea of a Reploid-only world was a fantasy, will Iris be hurting Zero the same manner in X4? Of course the real question is, is this even Iris? Considering X and Zero's mission seems to take place in a Cyberspace area, it's certainly possible Vile or someone conjured a digital memory just to make Zero suffer. Just my fanboy-ish guess, anyhow. Whatever the case may be, we'll know more next week when the game comes out.

Incidentally, the afterlife has certainly been generous to... certain aspect of Iris' design. Or maybe it's just character designers. Check out the PXZ page for a couple screens and voice samples.

"X" and "Zero" on Their Roles in PXZ

Coming from yesterday's update, you got to hear the voices of X and Zero on the Project X Zone official site. Furthermore, actors Sakurai and Okiayu also gave personal messages about their work and a little insight into game. Thanks to Amunshen, here is a translation of those statements.

Hello everyone, nice to meet you. Good afternoon, good evening. I'm Takahiro Sakurai, acting as Mega Man X. Phew, it's been such a long time! I missed this role. When I was recording I gathered up a history of X's lines.He hesitates and agonizes, but always keeps fighting. I still recall those feelings when acting as X. He is always fighting, not just against Mavericks but also something inside himself that he can't avoid. I think he's a really serious character.

And this game, wow, it really blows my mind. It crosses so many borders it might get a little controversial... maybe it already is?

Anyway, as a gamer going all the way back to the NES, it'll be a bit like a dream world having this great variety of characters joining in. I can't wait to play it, so I hope it's out sooner than later!

You can play it as a straight action game, or take time to enjoy the characters and drama, but either way it'll be awesome! Please look forward to this one! Take care.

Hey guys! I'm Ryoutaro Okiayu, acting as Zero from the Mega Man X series. So, it's Zero! Well, for reference, I have been part of the Mega Man X series from the PS1. I mean, the PlayStation was out before the PS2. In Zero's case, he didn't have a voice originally but he came to have one from around the middle of the series. Since then I've worked with the Mega Man X series for over 10 years. I'm really happy to be a part of the series for such a long time.

This time we have a cross-over, with many games getting intermingled.  While I voiced Zero this time, there are a lot of titles I've done work on that aren't a part of this one... So I hope those come up in a sequel. Maybe one or two games from Namco Bandai? Oh, and there was a Capcom game too. It'd be nice to have something like Rival Schools.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this one and I hope you are too. On the game's system and interface, I'd say it's a lot like Endless Frontier, which is very familiar to me. That game was exciting and I liked its sequels too. I think I can enjoy this game just as much.

Look forward to this game everyone! Until then!

Thanks again, Amunshen!

Project X Zone Site Goes Live, Voices X and Zero

What a day it is that the big game we're all tuning in to isn't a game of Capcom's at all! Bandai Namco has finally launched their Project X Zone official site. Right now all that exists is a bit about the game in general and an introduction to the leading characters. PXZ is a simulation RPG that promises dynamic battles mixing detailed 2D character sprites with 3D environments.

Over here, you can check out the character pages for X and Zero, which provide their artwork, brief biographies and character voice samples from Sakurai and Okiayu (more on them here).

Otherwise, that's about all for now. More updates should follow closely, however. With luck they'll reveal a trailer showing the first of the action later this month! Project X Zone is set to release in Japan sometime in 2012.

Update: Now with 100% more downloadable Main Theme for your enjoydom!