Today Furyu released the first screenshots artwork and a batch of information about its newly-revealed action-JRPG Crystar.
The game is scheduled for release in Japan on October 18th, and it’s defined as a “full-scale action RPG” in which players can experience a story about “fighting and crying” with “A girl’s tears” as the main theme.
The player controls a female character named “Hatada Rei” who seals a contract with the devil. The story advances while fighting lost souls and ghosts that wander the “jail,” while crying and apologetically defeating them. This will bring spiritual growth and weapons named “ideas.”
It’s also possible to summon a guardian spirit, and as the story progresses it’ll be possible to fight with one of four characters including Hatada Rei and to switch freely between them.
It’s possible to set the guardian to automatically counter and guard in order to make the gameplay easier for beginners.
In the story, Hatada Rei and her sister Mirai are stuck in a post-death world. Rei awakens powerful abilities, but as a result, she kills Mirai with her own hands. The devil appears to the despairing Rei, telling her that by cutting down the souls of the dead and devotes the resulting tears to Mirai, she can be brought back and resurrected.
The game is in development at the Tokyo-based studio Gemdrops, that worked on both Lost Sphear and I am Setsuna in cooperation with Tokyo RPG Factory, on the arcade game Gunslinger Stratos 2, and is helping out Edelweiss with Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin.
While the name of the studio might be unfamiliar, the name of the writer working on the scenario should definitely ring a bell (at least if you love visual novels). It’s Naoki Hisaya, known for his work for Key on stories like Kanon. The character design features the style of Ryuichi.
You can check out the screenshots and art below. If you want to see more, you can also enjoy the trailer.