Today Level 5 held its annual “Level 5 Vision” conference, traditionally home to new announcements and new games, but if you’re a hardcore JRPG fan, you may want to sit down point a fan at your face before you get a conniption.
Here’s a quick recap of what we got this year with assorted screenshots and trailers:
Wonder Flick: a free to play RPG that will launch on Android and iOS in November and will then be ported to PS Vita, PS3, PS4 Xbox One and Wii U next year. But hey, the music is by Nobuo Uematsu.
Majin Station: a card game for iOS and Android slated for this winter. The only interesting thing about it is the mixed anime/CG trailer. Not that we saw any gameplay anyway.
Layton 7… Yes, Layton 7. But wait. It’s a completely different puzzle RPG from the old Layton games (and with different I mean that it really has nothing to do with them) , set in a miniature 3D city where you play different characters, slated for release on iOS, Android and 3DS.
A new Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Trailer. We already knew about the game of course.
A new trailer for Chikyu Kaimetsu Teki B-kyu Kanojo Z Uchu Taisen, free to play for iOS and Android, already released in Japan.
Inazuma Eleven Online, a free to play PC Online game to be released this winter by Hangame.
Almost everything is for smartphones, or free to play, or a social game of sorts. I guess we can try and feel better by thinking about Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy, but for someone like me, used to associate Level 5 with fantastic full-fledged games like Dark Cloud, Professor Layton (the real ones), Ni No Kuni, Rogue Galaxy or Jeanne d’Arc, this is a violent punch to the stomach.
Now, if you don’t mind excusing me, I need to go cry on my pillow.