Skells - Formerly Dolls (Oh god why!)
Release Date - Still set for sometime later this year.
I like Skells! "Dolls" comes up at least five times per anime decade as some be-all fiction device. Makes a bit of sense if it's supposed to be based off "exoskel
etons", at least just as much as dolls.
I'm pretty sure most people tuned into that just to hear a potential release date or even time frame.... Guess E3 is the next opportunity for that instead though... =/
AMAZING Treehouse demo though and I actually like the names of the provinces (being part pun, part fantasy, part fancy, part stereotype) and it was great to see in-gameplay. Besides the fantastic setting Xenoblade 1 had (hard to top two titans mid-fight), gameplay-wise this game already looks better than the first title.
Given the state of the localized terminology and the lack of a concrete release date, I suspect 7-8 months from now during the Holiday shopping season.
Anyways, Skells sound like some kind of failed 90s punk rock band versus Dolls which, while rather conservative, works on a number of levels (for instance, the root meaning of the word Golem was Doll). Then again, the rest of the game's terminology is pretty out there like B.L.A.D.E. and the various faction names. Now with the Continent and mecha names being rendered fairly byzantine, I suppose it does fit better.
But you better believe that I'm going to start naming my Dolls 'Ator', 'Erex' and 'Y' (to go with a Avatar named Moulder; alternatively Li or Lee if I correctly recall the PC's names, whom I'm going to pair off with Avatar named Regis).
But the gameplay was nice since I can finally say that yes, this looks like it plays just like Xenoblade Chronicles. Odd thing is that it seems like your party will probably be largely mission dependent save for Elma and Lynlee.