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Steambot Chronicles sequel to resurface at TGS

The original Steambot Chronicles, known as Bumpy Trot in Japan, wasn't perfect. In fact, it was relatively far from perfect, but it delivered some fun sandbox-y robot RPG fun. The sequel to the game, aptly titled Bumpy Trot 2, was first announced at last year's Tokyo Game Show. This year, it's resurfacing after an entire year of zero information to show off what it has become. From the official website, it looks like it's adopting a similar style to Sega's Valkyrie of the Battlefield. Sega has a more stylish approach, but Bumpy Trot 2 looks like it's a hybrid of anime-style graphics and cel shading. Of course, our eyes could just be crazy groggy.

Since we can't read Japanese very well, we can't tell you if the game is going to show up in video or playable form, but we can tell you Irem is still in the driver's seat and if the title makes its way to America, it'll probably be thanks to everybody's favorite "let's make a game rare by releasing four copies, total" company, Atlus. One thing that's clear, though, is the platform for the game: PlayStation 3. It seems Japanese developers are finally coming out of their shells and cracking away at the PS3. It's about time! We'll tell you more after we see the game at TGS.

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1. Sweet, keep the jrpg-ish games coming! And this is before TGS. Next week could be very interesting...

Posted at 10:45PM on Sep 13th 2007 by apease

2. I am a die hard RPG fan so I hope its good.

Posted at 11:36PM on Sep 13th 2007 by ruibing

3. I hope so, too. The problems of the last one are probably known to them, and if Atlus is involved it probably can't be too bad... hope there's interest to brings those things over here.

Posted at 12:25AM on Sep 14th 2007 by John

4. from the website, it says there will be videos in TGS

Posted at 12:31AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Jeeg

5. At first I was like, wtf, Bumpy Trot? But it makes sense in a Japenglish sort of way. Trotting is a style of walking (usually describing horses), and bumpy...well, it's not a smooth gait or walk. Robots usually have jerky walks.

Anyway, the more games, the better. It's not a real console until there's at least one impossible to find Atlus game.

Posted at 8:30AM on Sep 14th 2007 by Popfrogs

6. This is why I think the PS3 will keep doing better than the 360 in Japan despite efforts like Uninfinite Discovery and Lost Odyssey. The people of Japan aren't going to jump over to a new console for a new game, but they WILL jump onto a console for the promise of a familiar series- such as Bumpy Trot, FF, MGS, etc.

The only good thing the 360 has going in Japan right now is Ace Combat 6, and that's only for as long as it's exclusive.

Posted at 10:25AM on Sep 14th 2007 by OrganicShadow

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