The Famitsu feature on Square Enix’s brand new RPG, Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna, from its new RPG label: Tokyo RPG Factory. This was teased at E3 this year, but now we have a full reveal and even details about the characters. Huzzah!
The entire premise of the game is to make an old school RPG in the same vein as the stuff we used to play in the nineties. In particular, they seem to be targeting 1999.
Story: On an island, an old teaching has been passed down from days long past. Once every ten years, a sacrifice is to be offered, in order to keep the monsters at bay. By completing this ritual sacrifice, the island’s peace was guaranteed.
One day however, long before the ceremony is to be held, monsters begin attacking, and the casualties just keep piling up. The people of the island decide that, while it’s not time yet, they’ll once again send somebody as a sacrficie in order to calm the beasts.
The sacrifice’s name is Setsuna, an 18 year-old girl with strong magical powers. Together with her bodyguard, Setsuna departs to “The End of the World” in order to complete the ritual.
Some assorted details:
- The game uses the ATB system.
- Event scenes happen on the main field, seamlessly.
- Battles also take place on the main field, seamlessly.
- Max party of three.
- In addition to standard attack and magic commands, there are moves you can only do with one or two other party members. Chrono Trigger-like.
Setsuna: An 18 year-old girl with strong magical powers, chosen to be the next sacrifice. Though faced with death, she shows no fear, willingly putting herself forward to help her fellow islanders. She wields powerful magic in battle.
Protagonist: On a particular mission, he ends up meeting Setsuna on the island and becoming her bodyguard. He’s a strong mercenary. In order to protect “the girl on her way to die,” he travels with her to the end of the world.
I’m really excited for this one. I liek this new focus that Square Enix has put on developing traditional JRPGs, and I’m thrilled to see a return of the old school ATB system.