Nippon Ichi Software’s JRPG Destiny Connect Introduces More Characters, Explains How to Customize Isaac
Nippon Ichi Software revealed new characters and details on Destiny Connect, its time-travel JRPG coming for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Nippon Ichi Software released new information on its nostalgia, time-travel and robots-themed RPG Destiny Connect, revealing new characters and how Isaac’s customization works.
The first new character introduced is Truth. Protagonist Sherry and her friends meet him in the town of Clockney after they time-traveled 30 years to the past. He acts and speaks in a mean way, but is honest and has a strong sense of justice. He’s investigating the secret of Save The Queen, the towers at the center of the city which are also its symbol. These towers are filled with many shops.
Next is Danpty, Truth’s best friend, who often berates him about his way speaking, especially towards girls. The two of them are always together. He’s also a glutton.
Last is Aria. She’s friends with Truth and Danpty and works at Café Blossom. She’s nice to everyone and always recommends the shop’s specialty, cherry pies, to customers. Aria is actually Sherry’s mother. We already saw Sherry’s mother in the game’s first trailer and previous screenshots, and they look the same. Aria also has the same eyes and hair color as Sherry. Café Blossom is also owned by Sherry’s grandmother, Linda.
As revealed with the game’s announcement, one of Sherry’s party members is Isaac, a robot with a time-travel function. He can also be customized at Clockney’s Pakpharlen workshop with Gears. Gears are obtained by defeating enemies. Each Gear has a different effect, like stats increases, and there’s a limited number of slots you can put Gears into. Gears are also classified into three categories: Bronze Gears, Silver Gears, and Golden Gears, with the latter being the strongest and rarest. Slots have unique properties as well, and more powerful slots open up as Isaac levels up.
As you progress through the game, you’ll also unlock “Form Change” for Isaac, allowing him to greatly change his stats and abilities during battles. There are 6 forms in total, and you can swap between each at any time, to adapt to any kind of situation. Switching forms don’t use up Isaac’s turn, so you don’t need to worry about being at a disadvantage if you change forms all the time.
For now, Nippon Ichi Software detailed the Guardian Form and the Rescue Form. Guardian Form is Isaac’s basic form he starts with and focuses on defense. In this form, Isaac can use skills such as “Iron Wall”, which increases the defense of all allies, and “Radiant Beam”, an attack which targets all enemies. In Rescue Form, which makes Isaac look like a firefighter, he can use skills such as “Medical Shower”, which recovers the HP of all party members, and the skill “Hazard Removal” which makes Isaac attack one enemy and reduce its attack power. More forms were already seen in past trailers but weren’t detailed yet.
Please keep in mind all these names’ romanizations aren’t official. You can find in the gallery below portraits for Truth, Danpty and Aria, along with new screenshots from the PlayStation 4 version of Destiny Connect.
As a side note, Destiny Connect has been rated Cero A in Japan, meaning everyone can play the game. However, you should keep in mind that despite the game’s aesthetics and the fact that the protagonists are children, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the game will feature a childish story. Many games who get a Cero A rating in Japan get a higher rating outside the country.
Destiny Connect was first announced in Famitsu in November 2018. You can read more about the game’s story, main character Sherry and her friends, and the town of Clockney, in our article covering the announcement. Game director Yoshihiko Toda also shared that he’d like Destiny Connect to satisfy people from his generation, who grew up with Snes RPGs, and would like to play a game from that era again, but with current technology and 3D graphics.
Destiny Connect launches for PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on March 14. It wasn’t announced in the west for now.