The lights are on
Japanese publication Famitsu has revealed information on the happenings at Vanillaware, the developer most recently known for Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Odin Sphere. The studio is working on a new role-playing IP for the PSP, called Grand Knights History. Grand Knights unfolds in the world of Ristia, which houses three rival nations: Union, Avalon, and Logres. The player steps into the shoes of a leader in their country of choice, training and customizing warriors. Battles are turn-based, but the publication relates that seamless online multiplayer is a goal.
“The 2D characters will be animated just like in our action games, and we're also challenging ourselves to build a new type of gameplay by fusing online and offline,” said Tomohiko Deguchi, project director at Vanillaware to Famitsu. “Most RPGs up to now involve one person or a group of friends playing together, but we're trying to set up this new kind of game, a full-on war that all the users are connected together in. It's a war RPG where not just one player, not just a few people, but all of the players are drawn together as they fight.”
We don’t know much else about the game, but if Vanillaware’s past work is any indication, it will be beautiful. Grand Knights History has yet to be announced for North America, but will hit retail this summer in Japan. [Famitsu via 1Up]
I hope this game makes it over. Vanillaware always does amazing work with their games, and the amount of PSP games that get ignored for American release is criminal.
Sounds freaking epic. If they can pull this off, I will get it for sure. Never thought of this type of game in JRPG format, but maybe they can break from the normal JRPG stereotypes.
I've always loved the art style of Vanillaware's games. I'll wait and see about this though, after the only so-so Muramasa.
Eww, haven't been a fan of turn-based combat since... the SNES, really. FF7 was one of my favorite games *despite* the combat, for me, not because of it. (Keep in mind, this is just my opinion).
Still, they're got a brilliant track-record, so I'll at least give them the benefit of the doubt.
A Vanillaware RTS? I might pick it up if the game play is any appealing. I think they do better with their sidescrollers.
A PSP game? Aww. Well, if it ends up on PSN, then I'll get it when the NGP comes out I suppose. Vanillaware makes awesome games.
I can't wait! I love Vanillaware