Tecmo Koei has released a new batch of screenshots titled ‘Z Invasion’ which features scenes from the beginning of the game when a group known as Zeed invades a town where Kenshiro is. The screenshots also show a meeting with Bart as well as Rin. What is interesting though is there seems to be a new system mechanic added to the game.
In the first installment, when Kenshiro uses Hokuto Shinken to restore Rin’s eyesight, there isn’t a prompt. The scene flows automatically. However, it seems that in this installment, a QTE (Quick Time Event) pops up now. This leads me to believe there will be more scenes like this throughout the game, probably with key events in boss battles (i.e. Toki immobilizing himself as well as Raoh with the weapon).
All-in-all, it’s definitely shaping up to be an improvement so far, I’d say. Shin Hokuto Musou (Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2) will be released in Japan on December 20, 2012 for Playstation 3, XBOX 360, and Wii U. It will see a release in North America and Europe in early 2013.