Koei Tecmo and Gust announced that the legendary manga series Fairy Tail will get a full-fledged JRPG adaptation sometime next year. Gust is well known for their prolific work on the Atelier series, which sees a new mainline entry at least once a year. Details were scant at this time, other than a release window and platforms. Additionally, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima will be supervising the project. Koei Tecmo is aiming for a release on PS4, Switch and Steam in 2020. More information is set to come during next week's Tokyo Games Show.
Fairy Tail stars Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia, as they go on adventures with their guild compatriots and explore the world. In the world of Fairy Tail, magic dominates every part of life, from combat and weaponry for mages, to tools and life assistance for regular people. From defeating illegal, evil guilds to catching criminals and monsters, the Fairy Tail guild makes use of powerful magic at every turn. Their longest-running conflict is with the immortal wizard Zeref and his army of demons that terrorize the countryside. Natsu and his allies must face off against Zeref, and discover secrets about their world that will change all of their lives forever.
Though the manga series ended in 2017, its popularity meant it sustained itself for eleven years. Not only that, it garnered three anime adaptations, two movies, numerous mobile and fighting games early on during its run, as well as a number of spinoff and sequel manga series. Still, a true role-playing experience has so far eluded a series that seems primed for one. Developer Gust has plenty of experience working on JRPGs, with the latest Atelier game, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout set to launch in the West later this year. Considering the worldwide popularity of Fairy Tail, one would expect to see a localization of the upcoming RPG before long. With Tokyo Game Show next week, we'll hear more about Fairy Tail soon.