Namco Bandai, Atlus Launch Mysterious Teaser Sites

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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There’s been quite the rash of mysterious teaser sites lately, ranging from glowing animals to a close-ups so extreme that you only see a solid color. Namco Bandai and Atlus are looking to continue that trend, as both companies have recently launched teasers sites for upcoming, though unannounced, games.

Namco Bandai Games Teaser Site (Nov 2013) | Animal Book

Namco Bandai Teaser Site

Namco Bandai’s teaser site is a bit strange. It features the image of a desk with notebooks and pens, along with a research book that has been opened to pages about rabbits and turtles. Above the image of the rabbit is a tag with the words “coming soon.” I really have no guess as to what this could be.

Atlus Teaser Site

Atlus Teaser Site

The teaser site Atlus put up is even stranger. It’s a Flash image of an ultrasound, with the sound of a beating heart playing in the background. It’s possible this implies a new Trauma Center game is on the way, but that seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

So, what do you think these companies are teasing with their new sites? Post your ideas in the comments below.


About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.

  • Johnson Cameron

    The first game looks like an animal version of Nintendogs. But the second image for Atlus looks like a SMT game, or maybe possibly Trauma Center, but who knows.

    • Thom

      SMT x Trauma Center, maybe?

      Haha, I kid, I kid. But no, now I want that.

    • Thanatos2k

      Operate on demons!

  • Ralph

    The first thing that comes to mind looking at Namco Bandai’s teaser is the fable of the tortoise and the hare…

  • Tara

    I think Atlus could be teasing this:! now that I think about it a little. It’s basically a Persona clone, though.

    • Help! Patchy is choking!

      I wish people stopped calling every JRPG with a VN-style narrative that stupid term already.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      I agree, though I struggle to call Visual Novels ‘Games’ in any real capacity they are a very valid form of Entertainment that stands on it’s own. The fact that people compare it to persona just shows there complete lack of ‘gaming’ knowledge.

    • Help! Patchy is choking!

      Not to go into /that/ discussion here but Conception has ‘actual gameplay’.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      Personally I enjoy a good visual novel from time to time.. sadly it happens to be one of mediums where about 90% of everything released is complete and utter garbage though, making you really have to sift through the crap to find something decent. Then again a vast majority never leave Japan so that helps a bit. If that truly is the game they are hinting at with the countdown I will probably check it out, at the very least it seems like a creative premise.

    • Tara

      I’d recommend checking this gameplay video:

      Watch that and try telling me it’s nothing like Persona 3/4. As far as gaming knowledge goes, no need to belittle what knowledge others have based on a comparison. I stated it was a Persona clone, nothing more. I did not say this is a bad thing, but if you check out Atlus’ own forums, there’s actually commentary in regards to Conception, and the commentary generally went in the direction of “it’s basically Persona gameplay wise”.

      Anyway, it stands to reason that Persona 3/4 had a very unique mix of gameplay styles that, to my knowledge, wasn’t really used in that manner prior to Persona 3. It is not a lack of gaming knowledge to be unaware of previous games done that way, however. If there were games of that style prior to that point, they were either extremely obscure, only released in Japan, or extremely obscure Japan-only games. One can be knowledgeable without knowing about something like that. There are thousands of games in existence, and even as one that specializes in RPGs, it’s always possible to be completely unaware of a game that is so niche, as the preference is to play games rather than go hunting around for obscure, Japan-only RPG/Dating Sim/Visual Novel games.

    • Xx_Kares_xX

      You are absolutely correct, it was wrong of me to insult anyones ‘gaming knowledge’ or lack their of and I sincerely apologize for my innapropriate remark. (And because this is internet and text can be hard to decipher I want to point out that I am not being sarcastic, it was a very jerk-ish thing for me to do). It is a pet peeve of mine whenever anyone thinks a game is doing something new or interesting when it has been done before (and often times better) by other games. A great example of this is when everyone praised Spec-Ops the line for it’s twist of ‘Oh you are evil because you kept killing when you didn’t have to…’ when this twist was done all the way back on the PSOne with the original Metal Gear Solid.. how quickly people forget and are eager to praise something else that tries to rip off an idea and claim it as it’s own. I should point that out more clearly, it is NOT that I am against companies using other peoples ideas… but when they act like it’s theirs and are PRAISED as if it was there brand new innovative thought process when it clearly WASN’T is when I get irritated, which is where my ‘anger’ this morning stemmed from when it came to the whole ‘Visual Novels area rip off of Persona 3’ thing… it just seems idiotic and bothersome to me, but you are right, I should remember that everyone starts somewhere and many people may or may not have certain knowledge.

      yeah your right, after looking at the gameplay it is obviously heavily inspired by persona… though seeing as it’s made by the same people I don’t know if inspired is even the right word *shruggs*.

    • Tara

      Actually, Conception is made by Spike/Chunsoft, which in themselves have a rather odd history of what they make. (Seems like a lot of varying things, to the point that I’d question if they didn’t just license the Persona 3/4 engine to make this. It doesn’t sem outlandish of an expectation, considering Index was hard-up for cash, they’d probably have licensed the tools out for some money.) Anyway, technically still inspired by/a clone of Persona. (Note I’m also not saying it’s a clone of the entire series, because I know 1/2 were entirely different style and gameplay wise.)

      Anyway, no hard feelings. I used the word “clone” which people generally see in a bad light. To be completely honest, there’s not a single original story or gameplay idea out there right now, it’s all about how you put the different ideas together. Also, I am generally well informed on RPGs, but I admit the visual novel style ones are something of a turn-off, so I don’t get into those as much. I also have such a large backlog anymore, I don’t bother hunting for information on new stuff that I didn’t know about, because it would be crazy to add anymore to my backlog as it is… let alone my import backlog, which is worse since those take longer to play. So my lack of info on some things isn’t ignorance so much as it is a lack of interest or concern with them.

    • Tara

      If ya don’t like me using that terminology, that’s fine. However, from what I’d seen of it, it’s using what appears to be a nearly identical system for everything. The only thing it actually has on Persona that’s different is there are 3D models for the conversations that actually move. Persona 3/4 did things in a way that, to my knowledge, no other games had actually done in that exact combination before. Going by gameplay trailers alone, based on what little info I do have on it, Conception is, in effect, a clone of Persona 3/4.

      And so far as it stands, I say there’s honestly sufficient evidence to say it *IS* Conception they’re teasing. (There’s also enough evidence to say they aren’t, but it’s Atlus USA’s website, so it doesn’t have to be an existing Atlus Japan product. This looks like another of their slightly eccentric JRPG localizations.)

    • James McEneely

      Ah yes, because you totally ran around dungeons in Persona with your many, many progeny-

      Oh wait. That didn’t happen at all.

    • Tara

      The gameplay style is still the same. It’s near-identical in that respect.

      Don’t get me wrong, the narrative is entirely different, so you’re right, it’s not like Persona in that respect. But the gameplay style, especially if you view the trailers and gameplay video are near-identical to Persona 3/4… though with a lot more talking. (Obviously placing more emphasis on the visual-novel aspect than Persona 3/4 did, but it’s clearly inspired by the same basic gameplay style. However, while I used the term ‘clone’ this is not in and of itself a bad thing. Clone games can often be better than what they were originally emulating, so I reserve judgement until I can play the game for myself. But based on what information is available? Gameplay is a direct lift of Persona 3/4.)