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Level-5 will release the second major free update for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu next week, the company announced today. “DLC 2: Cosmic Final Battle Rendevous” goes live on November 28 in Japan.

The update includes a new dungeon and story, new Yo-kai Heroes, new multiplayer missions, new skills, and new craftable weapons. Level-5 is unlocking the level cap as well.

Here’s a presentation and commercial for the update:

A few days ago, we heard that Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu will be getting a physical release in Japan. Level-5 has now made the news official.

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu launches physically on December 17. We have a look at the boxart above.

Level-5 already offered one major update for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu, which contained online multiplayer, new story content, playable characters, and more. The company says that this update, along with the next major DLC patch, will be included in the physical version. Players can expect even more missions, story content, and other elements.

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Level-5 is preparing a physical version of Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu, the latest issue of CoroCoro confirms. That follows the original Japanese release in August.

The physical version of Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu is due out on December 17 for 4,800 yen. All updates released thus far will be included.

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu has not been announced for the west at this time.

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GamesIndustry is reporting today that “Level-5 appears to have all but shuttered its North American operations.” Having spoken with “multiple sources familiar with the matter”, the site says that Level-5 International America and Level-5 Abby began winding down operations in mid-2019, “part of which included laying off the majority of both offices’ staff.”

Level-5 continues to conduct almost all of its business in Japan, though it’s unknown what the status is of future localizations. A source that spoke with GamesIndustry claims that “there were currently no concrete plans for any more Level-5 games to be released outside of Japan.”

Yo-kai Watch 4 was announced for western release in July 2019. However, there have been no official updates since then regarding a localized version for North America and Europe.

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During Level-5 TGS 2020 Special Meeting, an update was provided on Megaton Musashi, Level-5’s latest cross-media franchise. Though the game still doesn’t have a release date, it was announced that an anime series will debut in Japan in Summer 2021.

Megaton Musashi had a fairly lengthy segment that even included an actual look at the game. We’ve included all of the relevant videos below.

Level-5 has set a release date for the first major update for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu. DLC 1: Here Comes Elze Multiplayer, which will be entirely free, is slated for September 30 in Japan.

Players can expect the addition of online multiplayer, new story episodes, dungeons, playable characters, and more including Jet Boots and loot boxes.

In the future, Level-5 will unlock the character level cap, and add equipment, skills, and the “Extreme” difficulty mode. The company is also planning a new multiplayer mode called “Be the Character”.

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Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes doesn’t appear to be any closer than when the game was first announced in 2016 as Inazuma Eleven Ares. On Twitter, Level-5 president Akihiro Hino said the company is prioritizing the development of Yo-kai Watch Jam – Yo-kai Academy Y: Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu instead.

Hino’s full words, as translated by Siliconera:

Level-5 has readied a commercial to promote the first free update for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu.

DLC 1: Elze Blasts In Multiplayer is adding online multiplayer, story elements, new playable characters, and more. Additional information will be shared during the Level-5 TGS 2020 Special Meeting on September 26.

Here’s the advert:

Level-5 today unveiled its lineup for Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online. Thus far, notable titles include Megaton Musashi and Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu.

Here’s the full lineup:

Level-5 is now offering a demo for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu on Switch. For a look at some footage, check out the video below.

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu launches for Switch via the Japanese eShop on August 13.