The penultimate month of the year is here, and for us PlayStation Vita owners it is one of the quieter months of 2016. Fear not though – although lacking in quantity November sure makes up for it in quality, with titles like Steins;Gate 0, Root Letter and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II coming to our favourite handheld this month!

Now we all know that some games can appear out of the blue and release on our favourite handheld with only a few days notice, but here are the key titles that we can expect this month;

Root Letter

Release Date – November 1st NA
Publisher – PQube
Genre – Visual Novel

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The first title of the series “Kadokawa Game Mystery”. A collection of adventure games that explore human drama, featuring local Japanese culture and history.

√Letter is set in the Shimane prefecture, a land with a rich history and beautiful nature.
The player will engage an adventure to solve the mystery of Fumino Aya, a pen pal friend from high school who disappeared after leaving a mysterious letter. A letter delivered 15 years later…

Slain!: Back from Hell

Release Date – November 1st NA & EU
Publisher – Digerati Distribution
Genre – Action

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Playing as Bathoryn, who is the hero in this Gothic world, the aim of Slain! is to emancipate seven great towers. You will do this by making your way through an ill-fated land that is full of horrific pixel art enemies that will come between you and the tower. You will need to ascend (or occasionally descend) each tower whilst fighting off monsters, overcoming traps and working out puzzles on your way to the tower’s heart – where you will find the and face off against a ‘mighty overlord’. You will need to defeat this enemy to continue with Bathoryn’s quest. Failure will be met with a gruesome death for our hero, falling victim to any of the following – being mauled by werewolves, disintegrated by floating monstrosities, squashed by great weights or torn apart by hidden blades.

If that doesn’t already sound awesome, there will also be an heavy metal soundtrack, just to make the experience even more memorable.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

Release Date – November 8th NA & EU
Publisher – Bandai Namco
Genre – RPG

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When Kirito receives a mysterious message declaring “I’m back to Aincrad,” he and his friends are pulled into a VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Origin” – which is housed on the same servers as the Aincrad he was once confined in. This Aincrad isn’t quite like the one he was trapped in however, and has some surprises up its sleeve.

Here are the key features from the game;

  • A new original story. With a story supervised by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization tells its own unique tale, one that will haunt and delight longtime fans as well as those discovering the expansive Sword Art Online universe for the first time.
  • Old friends, new mysteries. Explore this new world of Ainground with Asuna, Leafa, Silica, Klein, and other old friends to discover the reason they’ve been brought back.
  • Thrilling gameplay. A new battle system brings the excitement of an MMO to the single player experience!
  • Robust online multiplayer. Play online with your friends.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

Release Date – November 11th EU
Publisher – XSEED Games
Genre – RPG

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is set one month after the original game and has a number of new features such as the fact that playing the sequel with clear game data from the first title will grant bonus stats and change character conversations and relationships.

Key features of the title include;

  • A Sequel that Remembers the Past
    Clear data from Trails of Cold Steel carries over, granting bonus stats and extra items, while also remembering the many relationships cultivated during earlier times spent at Thors Military Academy to allow for more personalized conversations throughout the story.
  • The Link System Returns with a new Overdrive Mode
    Bonding with allies continues to pay off with the Combat Link System, netting a variety of combat benefits including healing, guarding, and more, while the new Overdrive mode allows linked characters to attack up to three turns in a row for new strategic battle options.
  • Recruit Allies from Across the Map to Prepare for War
    Find and recruit dozens of fellow Thors attendees who are now scattered across the country to gain exclusive shops, goods, training modes, systems, and plenty more of the Trails series’ highly celebrated colorful dialogue.
  • Take to the Land and Sky in New Modes of Transportation
    A personalized airship allows players to swiftly descend upon both familiar and foreign destinations, and travel on land is faster than ever between horseback riding and Angelica’s customizable orbal bike.

Demetrios

Release Date – November 15th NA & EU
Publisher – COWCAT Games
Genre – Adventure

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Demetrios was successfully funded in a Kickstarter campaign back in October 2015. The game launched on Steam back in May and the port is due to come to the PS Vita later this month.

Demetrios is a quirky looking point-and-click adventure game starring an antique dealer called Bjorn Thonen. Bjorn is robbed one night after coming home drunk. He’s forced to conduct his own crime investigation with the help of his neighbor Sandra and quickly winds up on a mysterious adventure. Hopefully these two unlikely heroes will be able to rise up to the challenge and discover ancient secrets!

The game will have around 8 – 12 hours of gameplay and over 15,000 lines of dialog. As well as being in English it will also have Spanish, French, Italian and German translations.

Steins;Gate 0

Release Date – November 25th EU / November 29th NA
Publisher – PQube
Genre – Visual Novel

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Steins;Gate 0 is a brand new story from an alternate world timeline, following Okabe Rintaro as he realizes that he can’t save the one he loves, and falls into the blackness of depression. He gives up all that is important to him in the wake of this tragedy, and in the process ends up endangering all of humanity.

His only hope is that his friends Mayuri, Farris, Daru, Moeka, Luka, and Suzuka can bring him back from the darkness – though how they attempt it you’ll have to find out for yourself.

Fusing new characters and old, time travel and artificial intelligence, Steins;Gate 0 looks to be a worthy successor to the visual novel everyone loved (especially me!) – and promises a darker storyline that will blow your mind.

So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this November!

If you prefer your new release info in a video format, be sure to check out Kyle’s November preview video below – and be sure to subscribe to The Vita Lounge’s YouTube channel for more awesome Vita videos!

Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!

  • Lester Paredes

    Slain looks cool. But, that may be all for me, this coming month. We’ll see what inevitably pops up, sale or unannounced game wise.

  • Steve Jaworski

    Slain is the only one here for me. Not a bad thing as there are some absolutely amazing deals for PS4 titles at the moment. Uncharted Collection for $22? Yes please!