Disgaea 3 heads for Vita, NIS takes on Clan of Champions

NIS America's spring 2012 lineup features portable rerelease, original action game, and Hyperdimension Neptunia sequel; original Disgaea retooled for US Android phones this fall.

TOKYO--Away from the crowded halls of the Tokyo Game Show, NIS America held a press event at a hotel nearby to announce a handful of upcoming 2012 titles, which include Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention on the PlayStation Vita; Clans of Champions on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC; and Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 for the PS3.

Clan of Champions is not your typical NIS game.
Clan of Champions is not your typical NIS game.

Disgaea 3 is described as a "reincarnation" of the original that will have new characters, new storylines, and new items. All the downloadable content that was released on the PlayStation 3 version will be included in the game as well, and the controls are being redesigned to take advantage of the Vita's touch-screen controls.

Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 will see the return of the console goddesses that were featured in the first game, which was set in the land of Gamindustri. Targeted at the hardcore otaku audience, there is no shortage of sexy young girls in this sequel. It will feature a free-roaming style battle system and a more-streamlined combo system for faster combo executions.

The final game in NIS's lineup is Clan of Champions, an action game known as Gladiator in Japan, and is it developed by Acquire, which is best known for its work on the Tenchu and Way of the Samurai series. Players can choose from three races (human, elf, or orc) to take on mission challenges solo or with up to three people online. The game also features a three-on-three team battle mode where players can fight with and against their friends.

All three of those titles will be available in the spring of 2012, but NIS America today also announced a fall US release for Disgaea: Netherworld Unbound. Based largely on the original Disgaea, Netherworld Unbound is being streamlined for a cell phone interface and will let gamers purchase extra characters, items, and features.

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