Today Sega revealed Idola: Phantasy Star Saga, the latest game of the Phantasy Star franchise.
The game was teased over the past few days with a teaser website, and unfortunately, we already knew that it’s for iOS and Android.
The announcement is part of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Phantasy Star series, a bit late considering that the original game of the franchise released in Japan for the Sega Master System on December 20th, 1987.
The story is set in a war-torn planet named “Vanador.” A giant monster named “Idola” wanders this world dominated by sword and sorcery, and the people are spending their days fighting against this monsters who threaten their lives.
In the meanwhile, the god of destruction Darkfarus, who was sealed in ancient times has begun his fateful resurrection. Can the heroes stop the return of Dark Falz? And what is the true identity of Idola, which is considered part of Dark Falz?
We also meet the two protagonists. Stella is a knight who normally hides her beautiful face behind a fully-covering helmet. She is the commander of the Order of the White Sheep that fights Idola. When she wears her helmet, she can act normally, but when she accidentally removes it, her natural super-shy personality comes out.
Yuri is a young man with a strong sense of justice and a direct and honest personality. He lost his parents as a child and was raised as a sailor by an old friend of his father. After a fateful encounter with Stella, he will help her lead the Order of the White Sheep.
The game will feature a large variety of characters, belonging to either “law” or “chaos.”
Shuntaro Tanaka worked on the game as Producer, and also wrote the script and created the world. If you’re not familiar with him, he was Director on the original Valkyria Chronicles and Phantasy Star Online 2. He also worked on Sakura Taisen and its sequel.
Tomomasa Chin will be the Director. He covered the same role on Phantasy Star Online 2es and as Assistant Director on Phantasy Star Online 2. He also worked on Valkyria Chronicles.
Sho Mutsura will be the Art Director. He is known for his work as Lead Artist in Phantasy Star Online 2 and Art Director on the PS Vita version.
The game is a turn-based RPG and it’ll launch in Japan this year. Unsurprisingly, it’ll be free to play with optional purchases.
Pre-registrations are already open, and those who apply will get a five star Kuna from Phantasy Star Online 2 when the game launches.
You can check out the first trailer and screenshots below.