After this month's initial reveal of the new Strategy RPG Digimon Survive, this past weekend has given fans even more with a story teaser trailer as well as some gameplay. This new Digimon experience releases worldwide in 2019 and will be available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. This release is so that the game can coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original Digimon Adventure anime.
This title will play out as a mix of Visual Novel style storytelling, mixing 3D environments with 2D characters around the world, and turn-based RPG battles allowing you to use your team of Digimon to take on foes.
In Digimon Survive the character you play as, Takumu Momotsuka, gets taken to a strange world while at camp. In this new world filled with Digimon, you need to work with others to survive and explore the world. There is an added emphasis on the decisions you make in the game and how they affect the world as you play, but the presentation gave no examples. 100 playable monsters are confirmed for Digimon Survive, and there are some hints that you could lose characters along the way.
It wasn't just a teaser trailer either. As the live stream continued, fans got to see gameplay footage of both world exploration and combat.
The visual novel section of the gameplay shows off the way that the character will explore the world, the introduction of a character whose Digimon partner seems to be Floramon, and collecting items. This gameplay has a lot of fans drawing comparisons between this and the overworld style of Danganronpa.
In the battle scene, we see a mix of Digimon including Agumon, Meramon, Numemon, and Falconmon taking on an Okuwakagamon. On the battle screen, turn order appears in the top right, allowing you to plan attacks going forward. The options on your turn include the following; Move, Attack, Evolve, Partner, Talk, Auto Play, and Turn End. Through the battle, we get to see that some Digimon will be able to select multiple attacks and that from Agumon evolving directly into MetalGreymon that Digivolution may automatically accelerate your partners to their highest available levels.
Even with all of that information it still wasn't the end of the news as a new Digimon Story title was confirmed to be in development. Unlike Digimon's new foray into the strategy genre, the Digimon Story series of games are more traditional turn-based JRPG allowing players to fight three on three with their Digimon partners.
What do you think of Digimon branching into SRPG? Is there anything from these trailers that you're really looking forward to or are worrying you? What system would you want to play Digimon Survive on?