-Super Robot Wars Z3: Jigoku Hen
to be released on 4/10. Some of the previous series from Z2 have been dumped in favor of Aquarion EVOL, Fullmetal Panic!, and Gundam Unicorn, which rounds out the stoic supersoldier quartet of Heero Yuy, Setsuna F. Seiei, Sagara Sousuke, and Chirico Kuuvey (sp?). It's also announced that, having concluded the TV series plot in Z2, Gundam Wing and 00 will be introducing their movie plots, plus "Quattro Bajeena will not appear as a pilot", which is SRW-speak for "Char has gone off the deep end and is looking to drop a really big rock on Earth, again". Thus, the player will likely be trading one Original Char [tm] for two Char Clones (Mirialdo Peacecraft and Graham Aker), Evil Char Clone (Full Frontal) free of charge. Also appearing in the trailer is the Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann, which indicates that the Anti-Spiral fight will occur, but it's uncertain if any of your allies would be able to help because at that scale they'd be about 1/100th of a pixel on the combat map. As suggested by the name, this will be the first installment of a 2-part series that concludes the Z timeline. Kudos to Bandai for actually announcing that ahead of time, at least.
-While we're at it, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link
is under development as an action game set in the UC0079 One Year War, just like War in the Pocket, 08 MS Team, Blue Destiny, and a host of other spinoffs. Given the scale and scope of the One Year War (only relatively even, long-term engagement between actual warring nations), you could posit any number of events and engagements within its timeframe. It's unclear whether the player is supposed to be playing on the side of the Federation or Zeon squad that have been introduced thus far, though the Zeon guys seem to be more standard protagonist material than the Feds.
-Would mention something about the pending release of The Elder Scrolls Online but their idiot check (the script that causes many people to be born on 1/1/whatever out of annoyance) apparently does not like my IP. The answer to "can you play Imperial" is apparently "yes, but only if you buy the Fanboys Hate Money Edition". Release is supposedly April 2014.
-Sequel to Sen no Kiseki announced, creatively called... Sen no Kiseki II. Given some interview leaks one suspects this is because there may be a III or IV somewhere down the line. It should be noted that Sen is considered the eighth game in the Legend of Heroes series (III: White Witch, IV: Tear of Vermilion, V: Cagesong of the Ocean, VI: Sora, VII: Zero/Ao), so it's actually The Legend of Heroes VIII: Sen no Kiseki II. Jedi Academy comes to mind for some reason.
-And if you really wanted to make up that $100 difference between the NextBox and PS4, Microsoft is offering a $100 credit trade-in
for PS3 consoles, so you can buy a next-gen console that will not be compatible with any of your games. Neither of them are, actually, but you could also just keep your PS3 and buy a PS4 for the same amount?
-This also appears to be the year in which Japanese devs discover crowd-sourcing, though most of the Japanese collaboration projects have yet to take off, some big names have pitched in. Unsung Story
is the latest effort from Yasumi Matsuno and now Akihiko Yoshida as well, an SRPG spanning a decades-long conflict in the same politics/war/magic style of Tactics Ogre etc.
-In other news, English language game review sites have been going wild over Bravely Default (English version ETA 1 week), citing it as a glorious return to the days of the classic Final Fantasy template. Which is a little odd, since Those Horrible Linear JRPGs are their favorite chew toy when extolling the virtues of the latest sandbox or Bioware style Western RPG, and contributed a fair bit to some gaps in localization as well as some misguided attempts at appealing to "Western gamers" from the Japanese industry. The very things that they whined about so much - linear story progression, turn-based combat, cutesy art and sprites, non-grittiness - are apparently okay if coming from a popular title that can be used to unfavorably compare the current Final Fantasy series to. Not that I'm a fan of the recent direction of the FF series myself, but ragging on popular franchises makes you chic, or something, I guess.