tri-Ace and Konami Are Cooking Up Some RPG Goodness

By Chad Awkerman

April 27, 2011

Today tri-Ace announced two new titles that they’re working on for portable systems – one for the PSP (not really a surprise) and one for the 3DS (kind of a surprise). What’s even a bigger surprise than that is that they are going to be partnering up with Konami to publish the titles. The developer of Star Ocean has worked with a few select publishers in the past, such as SquareEnix and Sega, so I suppose it isn’t that big of deal, but when I think of “RPG” the first name that pops into my head sure isn’t Konami.

Regardless, both titles sound pretty sweet, especially the one for Sony’s handheld: Frontier Gate. This is basically a Monster Hunter-like title, except without the more action-oriented element. Instead, it’s a traditional turn-based RPG with multiplayer elements. That, my friends, is awesome. I’m not a huge fan of the camera control on handheld systems with action-y RPGs, especially not the Monster Hunter franchise, that’s for sure. Seriously, who’s bright idea was it to move camera control from the trigger buttons to the D-pad? I’d like to know so I can send them a fruit basket…a rotten fruit basket.

Anyway, rant over. Let’s move on to the 3DS title, called Beyond the Labyrinth, which seems to me to be a dungeon-crawler of some sort (they’re popular on Nintendo handhelds for some odd reason).

Both these titles were announced in this week’s Famitsu, but not a whole lot of information was given about them. It is, however, a good bet that they are not using the same technology tri-Ace showed off the other day (which looks gorgeous, by the way), since that appears to be more for a full-blown console release (read: Star Ocean 5). All that being said, it is nice to know that the 3DS especially will be getting some pretty slick RPGs in the coming months, it just surprised me that one of them would be developed by tri-Ace.

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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