May 17th, 2016. Japanese spoiler blog Alternator reported today that the latest issue of V Jump magazine contains an announcement of a new upcoming Digimon series, Digimon Universe Applimonsters. Said to be an Autumn 2016 collaboration between Bandai, Bandai Namco Entertainment, and Toei Animation, Universe Applimonsters is supposed to encompass a toyline, TV anime series, and video games. Alternator acquired the information via a furage ("Flying Get") meaning they acquired an issue of the magazine more than a day ahead of its street date. Such acquisitions are made possible by paying off middleman distributors, or stores that get their stock early. Alternator's original statement with an English translation is provided below.
「デジモンユニバース アプリモンスターズ」Whether this news is to be regarded as trustworthy or not is a source of contention. The facts are as follows; Alternator has been around since April 2013, and in that time seems to have maintained a clean record, not attempting to spread hoaxes. The other statement in their post, that Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 will be announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, was proven true four and a half hours after they first reported it. Alternator normally labels rumors, but is treating Digimon Universe as fact. No other source has corroborated the Universe story, but the site also has a number of other claims made around the same time, and confirming or debunking them may point to the reliability of the Universe story;
"Digimon Universe Applimonsters" (Dejimon Unibaasu Apurimonsutaazu)
A super massive scale hobby, game, and TV anime project between Bandai x Bandai Namco Entertainment x Toei Animation beginning in Autumn 2016, or so it says, but going by this name it seems more likely to fit smartphones.
Additional information will be unveiled at the Tokyo Toy Show beginning 6/9, if not for smartphones then likely for 3DS.
By the way, I think the possibility of toys accompanying the PS Vita may be low, but since there is also information about freely distributed content for Digimon World -next 0rder- allowing you to raise a mysterious Digimon, this activity is likely to be followed up on.
- Weekly Famitsu volume 1433 features a Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- illustration as its cover image. (
As of yet unproven; the "current" cover on Enterbrain's website is from volume 1432.This has been confirmed true as of 5/19/16.)
- At 9:52 PM on 05/17/2016 JST, Alternator reported that the same issue contains a lengthy interview with five team heads from Koei Tecmo, summarizing each person's portion. Approximately eight minutes later Hachima Kikou (veteran source of 9+ years) corroborated this. Alternator's summary matches up with the actual interview, down to the ordering of individual points like Ruby Party developing a "neoromance" title that will appeal to men as well as women, and the 20th anniversary of Atelier. An English translation of Hachima Kikou's version of the interview was published by Gematsu.
- At 1:57 AM on 05/11/2016 JST, Alternator reported that Persona 5 producer Hashino Katsura would be providing commentary in Dengeki PlayStation volume 614, which was confirmed within twenty-four hours by Persona Central's scans of the issue.
- They also described Divine Prison Tower: Mary Skelter and Genkai Tokki: Seven Pirates being covered in the same issue of Dengeki PlayStation, but no scans of these sections have surfaced. Their statement that the next issue would feature a full guide of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, as well as an introductory feature to Dragon Quest Heroes 2, were both later confirmed when images of the magazine cover were put out by Enterbrain.