Disclaimer: The following information applies to Japan only. There are no plans for release outside of Japan at this time and will be announced separately if considered for a Western release. All titles and project names are tentative English names.
TOKYO, JAPAN – August 26, 2013 – The live press conference previewing the company’s upcoming Japanese line-up, LEVEL5 VISION 2013, has concluded. The theme for this year’s show was UZU (meaning “vortex” in Japanese). LEVEL-5 aspires to be at the center of this vortex, taking the industry by storm with its introduction of a gaming revolution, UNIPLAY – a seamless cross-platform gaming experience allowing users the choice of where, when, and how they play a game by accessing a single shared save data from any device. Kicking off the conference was WONDER FLICK, the first of the UNIPLAY titles, followed by the announcement of several new and upcoming projects. Below, we provide a recap of the titles presented at the conference.
WONDER FLICK is the latest full-scale role-playing game from LEVEL-5 and the inaugural UNIPLAY title. The production team consists of Akihiro Hino, who developed the concept and leads the project as producer / director, character designers Takuzo Nagano and Nao Ikeda, and musical compositions by Nobuo Uematsu, world-renowned for his contributions to game orchestrations. The player, “the fortunate one,” washes ashore in Grimnarth, a world that everyone dreamed of, yet no one has ever seen – an enormous land, scattered with dungeons and towns. A land where a monarch seeks aid in order to save his kingdom. A world of peril, where monsters and kings among dragons await. Where the success or failure of a journey depends on the deft execution of skills in critical moments, and fortunes are made from the rare treasures sealed in their chests. A wealth of equipment to customize one’s hero. The borrowing and lending of friends and their characters to form alliances. Everything that defines a traditional RPG is found in WONDER FLICK – the most sprawling yet accessible original fantasy RPG in the history of LEVEL-5. The game is planned for release in November 2013 on iOS and Android devices in Japan. Console releases (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4 / WiiU / Xbox One) are scheduled for 2014 in Japan.
MAJIN STATION is a full-scale mobile MORPG where the player becomes the 69th “Abe no Seimei,” who has the ability to summon and control majins. The goal – occupy Japan’s 9,000 plus nationwide stations by moving the Phantom Train that appears when one plays the Yin-Yang Whistle. Heroic figures glorified in Japanese history, such as Nobunaga Oda, Musashi Miyamoto, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Ryoma Sakamoto, and Himiko, wait at your destinations. Utilize dark powers to turn them into majins who will join your forces and help you paint Japan black. The one-way trip to drench Japan in evil begins at your local station! The dream team consists of directors Jiro Ishii (LEVEL-5) and Jin Kimura (Razest), majin and concept design by Takeshi Oga and character design by Yusuke Kozaki. LEVEL-5 will also be collaborating with Studio Khara’s digital department, known for the EVANGELION series, to create CG animation that will express the world of MAJIN STATION. The game is being co-developed with Razest for iOS and Android devices in Japan. Release date has yet to be determined.
INAZUMA ELEVEN GO GALAXY Big Bang / Supernova Versions
INAZUMA ELEVEN GO GALAXY is the newest addition to the INAZUMA ELEVEN series, which has shipped approximately 6.5 million units worldwide. As captain, Tenma Matsukaze (Arion Sherwind in English) leads the newly reborn Inazuma Japan, a team of unknowns, in heated battles for the title in “Football Frontier International Vision 2”, the world championships for boys’ soccer. Suddenly, a spacecraft appears before the Inazuma Japan from which a mysterious man emerges, demanding their entry in the “Grand Celeste Galaxy” tournament taking place 188,000 light-years away. The “Grand Celeste Galaxy” is in fact a critical tournament that will determine the fate of Earth: If they lose, Earth will be destroyed. The Inazuma Japan will travel further than they ever have to represent their planet as the “Earth Eleven” in this galaxy-spanning tournament. The game will be released as two versions, “Big Bang” and “Supernova”. Both are scheduled to release for Nintendo 3DS in Japan in Winter 2013.
INAZUMA ELEVEN ONLINE
INAZUMA ELEVEN ONLINE is an online soccer battle game that marks the first incarnation of the popular INAZUMA ELEVEN franchise on PC. The game will offer action-packed, energetic battles featuring controls that require only a mouse to use. Collect players for your team, scout rare players, and train your favorites to power them up into your very own ultimate eleven. Will your team be more defensive or offensive? It’s up to you to customize, strategize, and command your team as you take on the other brave souls that seek the championship title. With challenging battles and anime-quality special moves and action scenes, this online soccer battle can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike! LEVEL-5 is co-developing the game with NHN PlayArt and the title is scheduled to begin service in Japan in Winter 2013, on the NHN PlayArt operated internet portal site, Han Game.
LAYTON 7 is a puzzle game for the new generation that follows in the footsteps of the PROFESSOR LAYTON series, which has now shipped over 15 million units worldwide. Players take on various character roles; you may be a taxi driver, a young boy, a dog, a fine lady, a philanthropist, an elderly man, or even a zombie. The player will earn points as they fulfill a given role. But, what is the role of these characters? And what is the greater meaning of these roles to begin with? The latest title in the LAYTON series is shrouded in mystery and is about to begin! The game is being developed for Nintendo 3DS and iOS / Android devices as part of our UNIPLAY line-up. Release date has yet to be determined.
LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets videogame software in Japan. The company’s flagship PROFESSOR LAYTON series has shipped over 15.0 million units worldwide, while the mega-hit INAZUMA ELEVEN series has shipped approximately 6.5 million units worldwide. The Little Battlers eXperience animated series, based on the hugely successful games of the same name, will soon make its western debut in Europe and the Americas. The company recently released Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for North America and Europe, featuring animations by the Academy Award winning Studio Ghibli, and music by Joe Hisaishi. In September 2010, LEVEL-5 Inc. opened an office in Southern California. While maintaining its base as a game company, LEVEL-5 Inc. continues to actively explore collaborations with other media, as it strives to become a world-class entertainment brand. More information on LEVEL-5 Inc. can be found at http://www.level5ia.com and http://www.level5.co.jp.