Xenoblade Artist, Secret Of Mana Composer Working On New Switch RPG 1

Xenoblade Artist, Secret Of Mana Composer Working On New Switch RPG

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Japanese publisher FuRyu — known for bringing us RPGs The Alliance Alive, The Caligula Effect, and Monark — has launched a countdown for a brand new action RPG, PROJECT-TRITRI. Obviously that’s not going to be the final title… unless FuRyu is going for Project Octopath Traveler and Project Triangle Strategy vibes.

The game is currently in development by Three Rings, who has worked on the wholesome Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. We won’t find out much more about the game until 26th May, but we know it’s coming to Switch (and PlayStation 4 and 5) and is aiming for a Q2 2022 release date, which is *checks calendar* pretty soon! The week wait might be a bit agonising for JRPG fans, but we have a few teasers to get us even more excited. All of the information we’ve included below has been translated by Gematsu — so thanks, Gematsu!

So, let’s start with the first bit of info, which is pretty darn tantalising in and of itself. There’s a bumper list of RPG veterans working on this upcoming project, with names from the Mana series, Pokémon, and Xenoblade!

Atsuko Nishida, Tomohiro Kitakaze, and Megumi Mizutani — all artists on the Pokemon series — are also confirmed to be working on some kind of creature designs for the game, ones that transform into weapons to help out the person who has summoned them.

The other nugget (though calling it a nugget doesn’t do it justice) is a confidential game proposal document. You can read the whole thing right here if you understand Japanese, but we’ve grabbed a few of the most important details we think you’d like to know about!

Starting with the concept, the developers wanted players to capture the feeling of “excitement, elevation, and tension” and revive “90s era of RPG classics for the modern age” that you can play “by yourself or with everyone”. You’ll be able to play the game with up to three people (there’s your tri reference for you), so perhaps there are three party members? We’re just excited about getting another multiplayer RPG.

The story is next on the docket, which sounds like an RPG story, for sure! But look at the art — these early glimpses at the game look absolutely lovely.

Image: FuRyu

Long ago, the “Gods of Order” and the “Gods of Chaos” fought for control of the world.

Great weapons fell to the land, and the world began to collapse.

Each God chose a proxy—a “Warrior of the Gods”—and it was decided that a winner would be determined by the battles between warriors.

And so time passed…

Cyan, a young man living a quiet life in a small village, learns that he is a “Warrior of Chaos” chosen by the Gods, and sets out on a journey to fight against his cruel fate.

For our money, RPGs called Cyan often have a pretty rough time — looking at your Final Fantasy VI — so we’d like to caution the warrior. But we’ll take any change to punch God in the face.

Now let’s have a look at some concept art of the characters, which are absolutely in Raita Kazama’s style. A little bit of Xenoblade with some more Octopath-style armour? We’re in.

Image: FuRyu

Some lovely concept art, a great cast list, and an intriguing premise? We’re looking forward to finding out more about PROJECT-TRITRI next week. Don’t forget, the countdown ends on 26th May at 3am PDT / 6am EDT / 11am BST / 12pm CET. You can go and have a look at it here or follow the game’s official Twitter account for updates.

Are you excited by this upcoming RPG? Let us know in the comments.