Tokyo RPG Factory is best known for their debut title I Am Setsuna, a role-playing game for the PlayStation 4 and other platforms which began development in 2014 and was released in early-to-mid 2016 (depending on region). The studio was created by Square Enix and staffed by new personnel for the purposes of creating role-playing games that meshed traditional elements with the latest technology. An announcement trailer for Lost Sphear was included alongside the press release:
The game begins with a young boy by the name of Kanata awakening in his hometown only to find that the things he cares about the most are vanishing all around him. His own mother disappeared into a veil of mist right before his eyes, and portions of the world are simply veiled behind a mysterious white fog. Kanata and his companions will set out to restore the world to its original glory by manifesting thoughts into matter through the power of Memory.
The world in which Kanata resides is based on the power of Memory. Everything is based on memories, and when the memory of something becomes “Lost” its physical counterpart vanishes from the world as well. The battle system in the game will be similar to the ATB system of I Am Setsuna which allows players to position their characters on the field as they like to maximize the effectiveness of their strategy. Movement in combat and making the best use of the distinct advantages and drawbacks of each character’s weapons will be critical to success in combat. Siliconera has an article detailing four of the game’s playable characters along with a bit more of the game’s background and setting.
Lost Sphear will be released digitally for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and on Steam for the PC sometime in Early 2018. For more information on the game, you can head on over to the official website. If you’re out for a physical copy of the game, you can exclusively pre-order a copy for either PlayStation 4 or the Nintendo Switch from the Square Enix Online Store.
What do you think of Lost Sphear? What are your expectations for this upcoming game from one of Square Enix’s studios? Have you had an opportunity to play the company’s previous title I Am Setsuna? Let us know in the comments below!