And since it is better not to count on Sony (randomly) to finance a Japanese RPG, it is without the help of any publisher that Akifumi Kaneko and Matsuzo Machida founded the studios Wild Bunch Productions and Yukikaze with the ambition of giving birth to RPGs. role. worthy successors to Wild Arms (whose license is still inactive at Sony) and Shadow Hearts (whose rights are held hostage by a company that doesn’t even make video games anymore).
Two rooms, two environments, therefore, with on the one hand the luminous Armed Fantasia: To the End of the Wilderness whose title is a more than sustained reference to Wild Arms, and on the other Penny Blood whose sinister cachet resonates to the tone of Shadow Hearts, a trilogy whose highlight remains the excellent second episode, Shadow Hearts: Covenant.
To get people talking about these projects, Kaneko and Machida have teamed up to make this joint announcement and, more rarely, to set up a joint Kickstarter campaign. Thus, nostalgic fans of the two sagas will be able to join forces to raise the boat and give more possibilities to see the light of these projects. Kaneko and Machida admit it, this Kickstarter call was strongly inspired by the successful passages of Bloodstained and especially by Eiyuden Chronicle, heir to Suikoden that will see the light of day next year, not without having seduced the publisher 505 Games in passing.
The two teams are hoping for at least $750,000 to start producing a PC version of each of the games, but additional tiers will need to be monitored to guarantee ports for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and Nintendo’s next console. Generally speaking, the additional levels will benefit both games simultaneously, gaining additional content as the Combo Gauge increases. Backers will also have the opportunity to get both games at an attractive price thanks to the early bird combo.
The Kickstarter campaign will be available soon, but the Gematsu site has had the opportunity to prepare an interview with those responsible for these projects, which are still in the prototype phase, if you ever expected a launch window or even a different gameplay. to that. small clip
Armed Fantasy: To the End of the Desert
With its ambient sauce western fantasy, armed fantasy do not fool anyone about your intentions to arouse the interest of those nostalgic for Wild Arms, a saga whose first episode recently appeared in the PlayStation Plus Premium catalog but whose descendants are not known since Wild Arms XF in 2007 on PSP. These images suggest a trio of protagonists, the Pathfinders, who rely on their arsenal called ARM (Ether reaction maximizer) to cleanse the Anomalies plaguing the lands of Londenium. Expect a gigantic world map filled with things to do, fast-paced turn-based combat, puzzles, and all kinds of vehicles to explore on land, sea, and sky. Exploring the dungeons will take advantage of gadgets specific to each character on the team to progress.
“When I was developing Wild Arms 4, various circumstances forced us to remove the world map entirely. The frustration I felt at that time still lives in my heart today. That’s why I want to include the best possible high-quality world map in this new title.commented Akifumi Kaneko, who is not the only former Wild Arms executive on the Wild Bunch Productions team.
A true UFO in the JRPG scene even in its time when the genre abounded, Shadow Hearts is a series with an imprint that will not be easy to update in a new license, but what a good bet from Matsuzo Machida, director of the trilogy released on PS2. Inscribed in the gothic horror genre against a backdrop of nightmarish imagery, blood penny follows the story of Matthew Farrell, a 28-year-old New York City private eye embroiled in a dark international investigation during the turbulent 1920s. Unlike the others, Matthew is gifted with cursed powers inherited from his father and the used to hunt all kinds of monstrosities. Here there is no fictitious world and above all a strong taste for traveling inherited from Shadow Hearts, since it is about touring the American, European and Asian continents.
“Along the way, he will meet those who fight for revenge, those who seek to use aberrant horrors for their own gain, and those who simply wish to destroy. Penny Blood tells the story of a man who must become what he seeks to defeat.“, we can read. The fights will combine traditional turns with a system that will ask the player to react quickly”to maximize attacking potential and keep players on their toes in every match“, which reminds Shadow Hearts’ Wheel of Judgment as a happy coincidence. Not to spoil anything, composer Hirota Yoshitaka is already confirmed with the compositions that already promise to be oppressive, but that his colleague Akari Kaida (Fire Breathing) 3 ) will be softened with a good dose of jazz.Finally, the illustrator Miyako Kato will also ensure the artistic affiliation with Shadow Hearts.
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