ICYMI: New Game+ Expo Gave Me an Excuse to Gush About The Last Friend

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The 2022 New Game+ Expo, one of the many digital events that sprouted up over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, aired today. The show specifically focuses on a lot of Japanese companies, such as NIS, Aksys Games, and Natsume. If you didn’t get to watch the show live, we’ve got a recap for your right here.

Kami Waza: Way of the Thief

First up is Kami Waza: Way of the Thief, an adventure game that looks either incredibly stylish or like a PS2 game depending on the shot. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch this fall, and looks like it focuses on thievery, but there will be some choice involved about how honorably you want to go about it.

Underworld Dreams: The False King

Starting your trailer off with some found footage is a great way to set up some bad vibes, but Lovecraftian Underworld Dreams centers around a man searching for his brother in a desolate, creepy home. It’s coming to PC and Switch this year and has a demo available now.

Unsouled

Action RPG game Unsouled features some gorgeous 2D sprite work. It’s available through Early Access on PC and Xbox Game Preview, and is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this spring.

Rico London

Stylish shooter Rico London is coming to Xbox on April 28.

Dusk Diver 2

It was announced Dusk Diver 2 would be coming west in the last week, but the game made an appearance at New Game+ Expo in case you missed it. The game will bring eight playable characters to PS4, PS5, and Switch this summer.

Samurai Bringer

Samurai Bringer is an action-roguelite in the style of something like Hades, but set in a Japanese, samurai-centric setting. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch on April 21.

Fallen Legion

Fallen Legion and its sequel Fallen Legion Revanants will be coming to PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X this summer. The ports will feature new content and updates to the original battle systems.

Amnesia: Memories and Amnesia: Later Crowd

The original Amnesia: Memories was one of my earlier forays into otome dating sims, and while I had some real issues with the relationship dynamics, explaining the wild directions of its various routes to my friends was a whole event when it came to the west in 2015. Well now it and its follow-up Amnesia: Later x Crowd, are coming to Switch this fall. And I just might have to indulge in its nonsense again.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is coming to PlayStation 5 this fall, and the port of the 2016 RPG was showcased with a new trailer.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3, the latest entry in the sidescrolling action series, is coming to Switch on July 28.

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi, a dungeon crawler from Aksys and Experience, is coming to PlayStation 5 this summer.

Blade Assault

Blade Assault is a gorgeous 2D roguelite, and is available on Steam. However, it’s also planned to come to PS4 and Switch, if that’s your platform preference.

Phantom Breaker Omnia

Fighting game with an extremely enthusiastic announcer Phantom Breaker Omnia is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One.

The Courier

Exploration and city maintenance is at the core of The Courier, which is set to launch on PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch in 2022. A demo will be available two weeks ahead of launch, but 2022 is as specific as the presentation got.

Replica

Replica is an adventure game that takes place entirely within an in-game phone interface by Playism, the studio behind Gnosia. That sounds totally my jam, but given that it’s all within a phone, I kinda wish it was coming to mobile instead of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But I’m intrigued, and it’s coming to those consoles on April 5.

Spacelines from the Far Out

Next up is Spacelines from the Far Out, a cooperative, roguelite spaceship management sim with a quirky vibe. You’re managing what is essentially an airline where people use your spaceship to travel and you’ve gotta keep them happy on the way to their destination. It’s coming to PC and Xbox this spring.

Horgihugh and Friends

Horgihugh and Friends, a sidescrolling bullet hell game with cute anthropomorphic animals behind the wheel is coming to Switch on June 16.

Birushana Rising Flower of Genpei

Dating sim Birushana Rising Flower of Genpei was shown during the New Game+ Expo alongside its limited edition, which includes two CDs, one contains audio dramas while the other is the soundtrack, five double-sided bromides, a trading card, steelbook case, and an artbook. The visual novel will launch on Switch on June 28.

Skul: The Hero Slayer

There’s been a lot of really pretty sprite work happening at New Game+ Expo. Including Skul: The Hero Slayer, a fantasy roguelite platformer. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.

Legal Dungeon

Legal Dungeon is a mystery-driven adventure game with some…dungeon crawling elements? This is mainly a stylistic choice in how it game-ifies the mystery mechanics. It’s coming to PS4 and Xbox on April 5.

Jack Jeanne

Jack Jeanne is a visual novel about a woman who is allowed to attend an all-boys school, so long as she keeps her identity as a woman a secret. It’s coming to Switch in 2023.

Undying

Undying, the post-apocalyptic survival game that’s been in Early Access for a bit now, is launching properly on PC and consoles this summer. Shoutout to the developers who had to endure the stream crashing during their trailer because that would make me want to puke.

Sanabi

More slick 2D action game fun comes in the form of Cyberpunk sidescroller Sanabi. The game is coming to PC through Early Access this spring. A free prologue is available now.

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined 

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined makes another New Game+ Expo appearance this year, with the top-down shooter coming to PS4 and Switch on June 24.

The Last Friend

I loved The Last Friend, Stonebot’s beat-em-up/tower defense mashup all about saving good dogs in a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s only been on PC for a bit, but the Switch version is coming out on April 21. A demo is available now, and I highly recommend giving it a shot. I was sold on it so quickly when I played it at PAX South in the Before Times, and the final game really lived up to those expectations.

La Pucelle Ragnarok and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure

Closing out the show is the latest release in the NIS Classics Volume 3 collection: La Pucelle Ragnarok and Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure. Both classic games are coming to the Switch this summer.