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Ragnarok Odyssey: Giant-Sized RPG Assaults PS Vita Today

Brittany Avery's Avatar + Posted by Brittany Avery on Oct 30, 2012 // Production Assistant, XSEED Games

Are you ready, guys? Because right now it’s Ragnarok Odyssey happy hour! Or more like Happy Day, since today we celebrate the release of our precious PS Vita title. It’s been a lengthy localization journey, but we’re proud to bring out the Ragnarok Odyssey Standard Edition for $39.99, as well as the Mercenary Edition, which includes a meaty monster guide with artwork, a full soundtrack, and 10 randomized collectable monster cards out of over 50 for $49.99.

The game itself is the real star of the show, though. Think of it kind of like Monster Hunter or Gods Eater, but with more of a Norse mythology twist and a battle system that’s all about knocking your enemies high into the air, then flying up after them and flinging them all over creation before slamming them back down into the hard dirt below. It’s a great game to pick up and play anytime, as you can just grab a quest and head out to go attack all manner of creatures and loot lots of goodies off their hacked-up remains. And if you don’t want to go it alone, you can always bring three friends with you through ad-hoc or infrastructure multiplayer – which might be a huge help when you face off against some of this game’s mammoth bosses, who can be hundreds of times bigger than you are.

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And since this is basically a really cool party, I’ll be talking about those multiplayer features here today. While we weren’t able to play together too often (naturally, we’d get far too distracted trying to get our characters to properly high-five each other), the times we did play it in the office left us in fits of giggles and a welling flame of camaraderie for taking down big dudes. Because some of the dudes you fight are… well, really big and stuff.

The maps of multiplayer are the same exact maps used in the single-player campaign, and while single player is accessed through the local Guild, multiplayer is accessed through a nearby tavern. So what’s the difference, exactly? Difficulty. Multiplayer is much more difficult in comparison, and will reward players who take it on with better items which you can use to create new clothing, weapons, or just sell for some extra cash. Luckily, this difficulty isn’t closed to those who are venturing solo and want the extra challenge – single players only need to enter the tavern alone to progress through the game with a higher difficulty (y’all are crazy, though, for real).

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So can a brand new player instantly be fighting on one of the last maps in the game if one of their partners is farther ahead? The answer to that is no. If you have two, three, four people in multiplayer, the quests available for your team to choose from will be decided based on the ‘youngest’ player. This means that if you have three players who are at Chapter 5, and one on Chapter 3, you’ll only be given quests up to Chapter 3. Help that last guy conquer a few familiar foes, though, and you’ll be taking on later chapters together as a team in no time.

The game has a few multiplayer friendly in-game features, too. While you can’t use voice chat, there are a flurry of emoticons and silly to serious body language options to choose from to let your comrades know how you’re feeling. There are also equippable cards that are friendly to playing with others, too, such as a card that spreads certain leftover stats to your allies should you fall in battle, or a card that helps loot gravitate more to you than others (because if sharing was caring, things wouldn’t be as fun, though some drop items are split amongst the party).
Oh yeah, and so long as someone has a North American copy of the game, you can play with them, meaning don’t sweat having everyone play in the same room to enjoy some monster hunting. It’s all online, baby!

So be nice, have fun, and do your best on conquering the toughest Giants the Sundered Lands have to offer!

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+ SynthR on October 30th, 2012 at 5:53 am said:

I’ve been looking forward to this. Going to wait and see what people are saying before going ahead with it.


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:06 am said:

    Hopefully you’ll hear great things! :>


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+ gema11981 on October 30th, 2012 at 5:55 am said:

Ty awesome Avery ! I am really looking forward to playing this on my vita specially since you guys made it extra awesome !!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:08 am said:

    Sugar, Spice, and everything Awesome. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little game.


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+ Rennatus on October 30th, 2012 at 6:09 am said:

hello, I wonder what is the size of the game to download?
thank you


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:09 am said:

    I’m actually away from the office and don’t know the size number off the top of my head, but I’ll make a post later in this thread once I figure it out!


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+ diegohp69 on October 30th, 2012 at 6:16 am said:

Finally today is the day :) but the playstation store doesn’t update yet ggggrrrrrrr!!!


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+ Ryumoau on October 30th, 2012 at 6:22 am said:

This looks great. Planning to get it on psn, though i’m kinda afraid Sony will just give this game out free next week without warning for Plus members considering how incompetent they’ve been lately.

I know that online co-op is a big feature of the game, but i hope its just as fun solo since my wifi isn’t great in my room where i play Vita. Also, will psn version have any kind of discount?


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:12 am said:

    I played most of the game solo, and was able to enjoy a good 40-50 hours out of it, so no worries! As long as you enjoy monster hunting, you’ll enjoy this solo and/or with a friend. Also, the PSN download version will be $39.99, same as the physical copy.

    Hope that helps!


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+ RdgMenezes on October 30th, 2012 at 6:26 am said:

playstation store doesn’t update yet ggggrrrrrrr!!! [2]

Sony, let me play Ragnarok and AC3 :)


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+ D-Squad3 on October 30th, 2012 at 6:35 am said:

Will there be an online pass? Please say no!!!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am said:

    There are no extra fees to access multiplayer content like online pass. Hooray!


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+ PHead4 on October 30th, 2012 at 6:40 am said:

Been looking forward to this game as well. Haven’t seen any reviews on it, but I’ve heard good things from those that have played the japanese demo


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:15 am said:

    Reviews should be slowly trickling out soon, and hopefully they’ll be just as favorable as the things you’ve heard about the demo! :>


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+ VengefulTorture on October 30th, 2012 at 6:41 am said:

Here’s to hoping the store updates as early as possible! It’s too bad that we have to wait to get games on the PSN Store when we can just go buy them at Gamestop almost a full day earlier.


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+ remanutd5 on October 30th, 2012 at 6:45 am said:

I’m debating which game to get for my psvita, Ragnarok Odyssey, Assassins Creed Liberation or Need for Speed. I can only get one today not because money issues but time, i don’t have that much time to play video games now so i dont know what to get, i want to play all three games but it has to be one at a time.


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:20 am said:

    Ragnarok Odyssey calls for you~ ( ´ ▽ ` )


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+ mhunterchump on October 30th, 2012 at 6:54 am said:

@VengefulTorture – I’m picking up the merc edition after work today. You going to go straight to multiplayer or do some offline first?

Lets hunt together sometime. I’ll message ya if I see you on.


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+ Jesszman on October 30th, 2012 at 6:55 am said:

Assassin’s Creed is up on PSN


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+ XDSaito on October 30th, 2012 at 6:57 am said:

Been waiting for this since XSEED announced the localization, need-Ragnarok-Odyssey-NOW, please update the PlayStation Store soon 8D I can´t hardly wait to start the game with my Assassin


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:21 am said:

    PSN Store will hopefully update around noon, but that’s all Sony! We’re excited to see it go up as well.


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+ Aevanilla on October 30th, 2012 at 6:58 am said:

Argh! Update the PS Store already so I can download it and play it nonstop!!!!

@D-Squad3, Brittany answered you previously. The game can handle multiple saves/characters on with one copy of the game. So multiple people can TAKE TURNS playing their own character with one copy of the game. But if you want to play with them at the same time, each of you will need your own copy of the game.


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+ D-Squad3 on October 30th, 2012 at 7:01 am said:

@Aevanilla on our own Vita? Our own memory card? Our own PSN ID account?


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 8:19 am said:

    If each of you want to play together, you have to have your own Vitas, PSN ID accounts, and your own copies of the game. If you want to play one at a time, just one copy will suit you, since there can be multiple save files in one game! But it doesn’t cost extra to access multiplayer itself.


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+ llanovita on October 30th, 2012 at 7:12 am said:

This game will be mine tomorrow!! I want to play it now!! :(


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+ KirAMinh on October 30th, 2012 at 7:16 am said:

Still no sight of NfS , so long to wait with abt 10hrs left. Grrrrrrrr


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+ gus_xl on October 30th, 2012 at 7:17 am said:

Waiting for this from Amazon is killing me slowly.. Why didn’t I just go to Best Buy????


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am said:

    Patience, grasshopper! You chose well, since Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target won’t be carrying Ragnarok Odyssey. It will soon be in your hands and ready for playing!


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+ Aevanilla on October 30th, 2012 at 7:46 am said:

@D-Squad – Pretty sure yea. From what my friends in Japan has told me, the online play was actually patched into the game. There is no online pass/code to play online. Also I believe it was answered that “There is no cost to play online.” on the last thread. This is if you are all taking turns, not playing at the same time with each other.


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+ forcerekik on October 30th, 2012 at 7:47 am said:

I just bought my PS Vita to play this game, pleace update the PSN Store right now :3


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:26 am said:

    I’m sure Sony will have is up on PSN soon, thank you so much for the love and support!


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+ Nynja on October 30th, 2012 at 7:53 am said:

ARGHH! So many great games coming to the Vita right now and I can’t afford them all!

Definitely will pick this one up. Also have to put AC3:Lib and Burnout…er…NFS:MW on the must buy list. Looking for to this game! Thanks XSEED!


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+ AbstractChaos on October 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am said:

@Rennatus The digital download takes up 1104 MB iirc. (Now how can I send you guys my resume, Brittany?)


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+ techoverride on October 30th, 2012 at 8:17 am said:

Any reason why it is delayed until Nov 6th for Canadians? I really want my mercenary edition. However once the psn store updates I will be getting the digital version!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:32 am said:

    Hmm, it might just be taking a little longer to ship than usual. If it’s not there yet, we’re estimating Ragnarok Odyssey should be in stock with Canadian retailers by the weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience!


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+ ModSquade on October 30th, 2012 at 8:22 am said:

I went to my local store to pickup a limited edition copy and they said that the game has been pushed back into November.

Anyone at Sony know anything about this? X.X


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am said:

    Everything is shipped now from our side, so it might just be taking a couple extra days to arrive to some retailers. Hopefully not too long!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am said:

    Looks like we won’t know the exact answer until PSN actually updates. Which will hopefully be quite soon!


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+ angibri2000 on October 30th, 2012 at 8:29 am said:

I may be in the minority here but I’m actually looking more forward to this than AC Liberation. I really feel RO will have more replay value than ACL. Don’t disappoint me XSeed I’m buying RO instead of ACL. =)


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

    We won’t disappoint. Thank you for giving us your love! :>


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:45 am said:

    Right now, you can’t use the Vita chat functions in-game, but it’s something the dev team is looking into. Still, the emoticons and body language options in the game are a pretty entertaining alternative, ha ha.


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+ nycredude on October 30th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

This game is awesome. I’ve been playing it all morning and I love it, even though I was going to the tavern solo and getting my butt kicked! I didn’t know it was harder there!

For those looking for a quick review. After choosing your character and appearance, you are brought in as a rookie to join a group of defenders again the monsters than have broken into our land from the Sundered Land, which is a place that has been isolated from the world until the giants broker through the mountain that separate it from our world.

The central hub town is where you buy thing to equip your warrior and prepare for the quests that are given out to you. These quest start out very easy with you killing cute little porings but soon get much more challenger as the monsters get much larger and stronger.

There are a lot of different customizations. Weapons can be customized, armor can hold cards which gives the character upgrades in ability such as higher level resistance to poison, higher HP, etc. Sometimes these also include detriments such as lower defense. You can dye and change the color of your gear in the game also.


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+ nycredude on October 30th, 2012 at 8:37 am said:

…Continued

Combat is real time and very smooth. There is a small attack and a strong attack that you can charge which is used to throw enemies in the air and attack them in the air (ala GOW). Combinations are easy to put together. You can dash on the ground and in the air anytime to dodge which is essential to fighter the larger monsters. Hold down and let go of the left trigger to lock on or let go of a target. once you lock on you can change targets either with the right stick or dpad buttons. Overall combat system is very fun and addictive and very challenging. You are bumrushed by up to 30 monsters at the same time in the first chapter!

Graphics are very pleasing and crisp with very nice lighting and the models are nice. Aliasing is not very apparent and the game runs very smooth. Although no the best looking game on the Vita it is very pretty!

For fan of Ragnarok Odyssey, Monster Hunter or God Eater this is a dream comes true!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

    That’s awesome! I’m happy you’ve already had such a good first impression. And don’t worry, I was taking quests through the tavern at first, too. I was wondering why the Orc King was so hard before realizing the tavern was meant for multiplayer! And you’re using Hammersmith, right? Riiiiight? :D


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+ Ryumoau on October 30th, 2012 at 8:48 am said:

@28 and 29, thanks. Sounds like fun.


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+ xSanosuke on October 30th, 2012 at 8:51 am said:

I’ve had this game since August; imported the Chinese+English version and have already put dozens if not hundreds of hours into it. I won’t be picking up the strictly NA version, but it’s definitely one of the best games on Vita, and I have no doubt that you all are gonna enjoy it.

Shame that I apparently won’t be able to play with the NA copy-users, though.


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+ Pendharker on October 30th, 2012 at 8:56 am said:

I am a HUUUUGE Monster Hunter fan, but I am so very, VERY excited for this game. Two questions:

1) In Lord of Arcana (another monster hunting game), you traverse the map like you’d expect, but when you touch an enemy, you’re pulled into an encounter arena type area. I didn’t really like that as much as just fighting in the normal map area without going into a locked encounter. Do you handle combat sequences like Monster Hunter (they take place in the map ad hoc) or do you pull the players into an encounter sub-map like Arcana?

2) One thing I LOVE about MH is the level of complexity and upgrade paths available for gear (weapons and armor). Can you give us an idea of how many different weapons and armor pieces there are? Also, how many armor pieces are in a “set”? For example, in MH there are 5 (head, torso, arms, waist, legs).

Thank you so much for your time and especially for this game. I’ll be buying this one today.


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:14 am said:

    I am happy to answer an excited fan’s questions! :>

    1.) From your Fort, you choose quests, which will take you to various sizable maps, but there are no maps within maps. You choose which map you’d like to go, and voila! Monsters, all over the same field you’re traversing and ready for hunting!

    2.) RO equips Armor & Weapons, but you’re not limited to your job class when it comes to outfits. After a couple chapters, you’re free to take advantage of the armor/look of a Cleric when you’re technically an Assassin. Dozens of weapons can be found in-game, and IIRC I found 4 or 5 major types of weapons per class; however, each individual weapon has their unique own strength & stat advantages. Plus, since you don’t gain experience through the game, equipping cards to your armor (the more you upgrade your armor, the more cards you can equip) makes for for heavy stat customization.

    As for physical appearances on your armor, there are several outfits per class, plus more outfits. My favorite outfit is the Pioneer outfit! :D And you not only can change your weapon and armor at any time, but your hair style/color, face, skin color and voice can be changed throughout the game as you please.

    I hope this helps!


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+ nycredude on October 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

@ModSquade

I don’t know where you are but in NY it released today.


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+ MrBendel on October 30th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

Buying this tonight!!!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:15 am said:

    \o/ I’m throwing confetti around the office when I get back in your name!


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+ nycredude on October 30th, 2012 at 9:02 am said:

@pendherker

Combat is in real time on the map!


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+ Teflon02 on October 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am said:

So first off. I’m pissed
XSEED You guys lied to me directly and went from one of my Favs to one of my least fav publishers in 2 seconds. What did you guys specifically say. The game releases Oct. 30th if you guys are going to screw Canada atleast say you are. There is NO excuse for why we have to wait til Nov. 6 for Ragnarok and you guys don’t say anything, and act like everythings all good. And don’t tell me no Digital Download. I buy PHYSICAL, memory cards are way to expensive and I like physical media. Plus I have a full 4GB since launch. I’m getting tired of this Canada getting screwed act that’s being pulled lately, I gave up ACIIIL, SFxT etc for this game and I get screwed. Wow talk about appreciation for your supporters. Apart from Ys I don’t think I’ll support XSEED unless we get a PUBLIC apology. Yes Canadian gamers deserve a apology. Also this ruins everything I had planned for this, cause I was suppose to play with american friends through the game and they ain’t waiting a week smh


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am said:

    We have no control over when physical product reaches Canadian retailers. They pick up the product from our warehouse the same time our shipments for the US get out, so it’s up to them on how quickly they get the product into Canada. Our guess is that they are being conservative giving a 11/6 date, and that it will probably be in stores by this weekend.


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+ ZaelKain on October 30th, 2012 at 9:03 am said:

Finally the day has arrived !!!, I’ve been waiting for this since it got announced for NA, which I thought it would never be, thank you Xseed !!!! My copy is already out for delivery, now to wait the hours for UPS to get here, hope its soon !!! ><


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:15 am said:

    I hope it arrives soon for you, too! Thank you for being so supportive. :>


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+ Tim81DE on October 30th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

I’m going to pick up the collectors edition but had one question: Are the cards inside the CE random? And is there a set list us collectors can look at so we know how many there are?

So excited for this game!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:28 am said:

    Yup! Just like a Pokemon or a Yu-Gi-Oh pack, the trading cards are randomized cards of different rarities out of a set. They’ll be numbered for you on the card, so you’ll know which ones you have. If we have any extras leftover from manufacturing, we might look into making them available somehow.


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+ xSanosuke on October 30th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

One more thing, as a side note; when the lot of you reach the first point in the game that you hear the song they used in that launch trailer, you’re very likely about to get unceremoniously pounded into the dirt. Just a heads-up.

Anyway, yeah. Excellent game; one of my favorite Vita titles. All this hype around the NA version’s release kinda makes me wanna go back and pop in a few hours in my imported one.


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+ BlueBl1zzard on October 30th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

Yay! Been waiting for this day for so long! I can’t wait get my mercenary edition and start playing.

Thanks XSEED


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:30 am said:

    I hope you have lots of fun playing! :D


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+ TheTwelve on October 30th, 2012 at 9:18 am said:

You can consider this bought, XSEED — 12


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:32 am said:

    You can also consider this reply us giving you all of our love. Thank you for the support!


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+ JonJonXD on October 30th, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

been looking forward to this.

finished new little king story (working on platinum)

now i await my mercenary edition of this :)

idk who says the vita doesnt have enough content….im pretty backed up


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:31 am said:

    The Vita is crazy populated with great games these days, isn’t it? Good to know Ragnarok Odyssey is on that list for you!


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+ killerspi on October 30th, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

OMG! PSN only execute this query “INSERT INTO Games (Name, Plataform, Genre, Price) values (‘Ragnarok Odyssey’, ‘PS Vita’, ‘RPG’, ‘FREE’);” … simple like that xD


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+ camiwaits_us on October 30th, 2012 at 9:28 am said:

Those screenshots look soooooo cool. If it is priced at 36 on the PSN store i might get it instead of ACIIIL


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 10:29 am said:

    It’s priced at $39.99, so it’s been darn close! c:


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+ duke301 on October 30th, 2012 at 9:41 am said:

If it weren’t for AC3 and Liberation coming out today, then this is what I would be picking up. Not to worry, XSEED, because it is definitely on my list. Are there any plans to release the second and third chapters of Sora no Kiseki, or Legend of Heroes VI as it is called in the states?


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 11:12 am said:

    Nothing official to share, but it doesn’t mean that we’ve given up! We are continuing to talk to Falcom to see if anything can be done to overcome the huge hurdles in releasing those titles.


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+ Ambival on October 30th, 2012 at 9:44 am said:

Been waiting for this one. Actually wanting this one more than AC3 and NFS. XSEED doesn’t disappoint.


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 11:13 am said:

    Hooray! We’ll continue to do our best for you.


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+ RambeezyY on October 30th, 2012 at 9:46 am said:

I went to go pick up my copy of Ragnarok Odyssey. They told me the release got delayed again!!! WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 11:16 am said:

    We’ve already shipped all copies from our warehouse, so people are seeing it in stores starting today. There could be a few places that are taking a couple extra days, though, possibly because of the weather.

    It will be in your loving arms soon!


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+ Omnicloudff7 on October 30th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

If only PSN would update sooner Dx
I’ve been waiting quite a while for this game :P


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+ Neil on October 30th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

Is it too late to add the term “waifu” in the game?


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 11:18 am said:

    :D You can make your own cool, monster butt-kicking waifu!


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+ nycredude on October 30th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

@Brittany

I am using Sword Warrior. Orc King Kicked my butt all over the place. You have to really exercise patience when fighter the bosses.


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    + Brittany Avery on October 30th, 2012 at 11:20 am said:

    Oh, Sword Warrior is good! Definitely the best in terms of balance. And man, the bosses will only get crazier. Orc King is just the tip of the iceberg!


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