Natsume announced that it will be launching two new River City titles later this year, continuing the company's revival of the long dormant franchise. The two games are titled River City: Knights of Justice and River City: Rival Showdown. Both titles will be launching on 3DS this summer and fall.
"River City: Tokyo Rumble was a huge success, and these two follow-ups in the popular River City/Kunio-Kun franchise are the perfect continuation of the series," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "We are looking forward to showing the games for the first time at E3 and garnering feedback from gamers and the media!"
So, we can expect to see more about each game when E3 rolls around in about two weeks. In the meantime, here's what we know so far. River City: Knights of Justice will launch this summer as an exclusive on the Nintendo 3DS e-Shop. Protagonist Kunio and his friends transform into RPG-inspired heroes and villains in a unique spin-off adventure. Players will have access to all sorts of medieval weaponry including swords, staves, and magic to bring peace to the kingdom of Riverandia.
River City: Rival Showdown follows the events that transpire after Kunio is assaulted one night by two mysterious attackers. Riki's girlfriend finds herself kidnapped that same night. Kunio has three days to uncover the mystery behind his attackers and the kidnapping or something truly nefarious could happen. Faces new and old collide in this more mainstream incarnation of the River City franchise. Rival Showdown releases on the 3DS this fall.
It's really neat to see new life breathed into this franchise and to see Natsume trying new things with it.