Today Square Enix and Tokyo RPG Factory have announced their new old-school RPG, Lost Sphear.
Tokyo RPG Factory is a Japanese development studio famous for the critically acclaimed tribute JRPG I Am Setsuna. Developed with Unity and released for a multitude of platforms, I Am Setsuna combines elements of old-school JRPGs such as a vast overworld, the tale of an epic adventure, captivating characters, and turn-based battle mechanics. First released worldwide in 2016, the game draws inspiration from titles such as the Final Fantasy franchise and the SNES classic Chrono Trigger.
The studio’s next project, titled Lost Sphear, follows the same concept of I Am Setsuna. With simplistic top-down graphics, Lost Sphear looks like a reimagination of SNES JRPGs. The trailer, which you can see below, teases a story of epic proportions the genre is known for, a colorful and detailed world, and the combat system present in I Am Setsuna.
Coming in 2018, Lost Sphear doesn’t seem like a milestone for the industry. Much like I Am Setsuna and other titles that pay tribute to a certain era in video game history, Tokyo RPG Factory’s new game is likely meant to gamers who want to experience a new scenario with the mechanics that made they fall in love with RPGs. That’s not to say newcomers won’t be able to enjoy it, however. If the studio’s previous title is anything to go by, Lost Sphear will be a good starting point for RPG newbies.
Published by Square Enix, Lost Sphear is set to release in early 2018 for the PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch, and PC through Steam. Pre-orders of the physical copy of either the PlayStation 4 or the Nintendo Switch version are available now exclusively through the Square Enix online store.