Record of Lodoss War 2D Scrolling Game Launches Spring 2020; Ryo Mizuno Comments on First Lodoss Novel in 12 Years

New screenshots reveal Pirotess makes an appearance; Ryo Mizuno stated it'll take at least a year for the next novel to release.

By Iyane Agossah

August 5, 2019

Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko announced that the Record of Lodoss War 2D side-scrolling game developed by Tema Ladybug will be launching in Spring 2020, on PC via Steam. In the meantime, an early access version of the game will be launching in Fall 2019.

Team Ladybug also published a short pitch for the game, along with the two new screenshots above. The second screenshot shows Deedlit facing off against Pirotess.

Deedlit finds herself in a labyrinth, separated from her party. Enduring the loneliness and fending off the labyrinth’s enemies and traps, Deedlit seeks out her friends… What awaits her at the end of the labyrinth?
Coming soon! An action adventure game starring Deedlit as she uses her full powers to solve the mystery of a labyrinth which can freely change its form!

The Record of Lodoss War 2D game starring Deedlit was announced back in April 2018. The game celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Record of Lodoss War franchise. Team Ladybug is the team behind Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue and Touhou Luna Nights. The game’s introduction trailer is included below.

On August 1, a brand new Record of Lodoss War novel volume was also released in Japan, titled Record of Lodoss War: The Pledged Diadem 1. For the occasion, author Ryo Mizuno held a streamed tabletop RPG session with the Record of Lodoss War tabletop RPG. In an interview with 4Gamer following the session, Ryo Mizuno chatted about the new novel’s conception.

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Ryo Mizuno mentioned how he wrote the kind of story he wants to write now, so it might be a bit different than the previous novels, and he’s looking forward to the readers’ impressions. He also mentioned how writing Lodoss takes him a lot of time. Writing a character as iconic as Deedlit makes him polish every one of her lines to the limit, to not disappoint the fans.

As such, Mizuno said it’ll probably take at least one year for “Record of Lodoss War: The Pledged Diadem 2″ to release.

Mizuno also talked about his writing style, and how he always imagine his stories from beginning to end before writing them. He jokingly mentioned how stretching a popular series with the same characters and setting for 10 or 20 volumes yields more money, but he can’t manage to write that way. However, Mizuno added that it’s not like he always sticks to what he initially imagined. He tries to extend his stories as much as possible, confident he’ll always be able to wrap it up nicely. His stories are written in a way that their ending will always be the logical conclusion of everything built until then.

Record of Lodoss War was born through the records of tabletop RPG sessions of Group SNE, a company which develops tabletop RPGs. Record of Lodoss War‘s author Ryo Mizuno is one of Group SNE’s founding member, and he started the original novel in 1988. Record of Lodoss War is a huge part of Japanese pop culture and a pioneer in European fantasy-themed Japanese media. If you’re ever seen a blonde elf girl or a white-haired dark-skinned elf girl in a Japanese thing, there’s a 99% chance they’re inspired by Lodoss‘ Deedlit and Pirotess respectively.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He plays Genshin Impact for the story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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