Tokyo RPG Factory has announced that their follow-up to I am Setsuna, the well regarded classic JRPG homage, Lost Sphear release date is going to be January 23rd, 2018. The announcement, from this post on the PlayStation Blog , came along with a host of new details about the studio's second title as well as new character artwork and screens.
As we already knew from previous releases, Lost Sphear is another JRPG in the same vein as I am Setsuna but is not a direct sequel, rather a spiritual successor. The game centers around main character Kanata, who is awakened by the Power of Memory to combat a threat known as the Lost. To have a hope of overcoming the Lost, Kanata must gather allies. His friends Elgarthe: Lumina, Locke and a mysterious person named Van follow him from his home town but the latest information tells us that he'll meet others along the journey. Introducing Sherra, a healing priestess with a bow, and Obaro, an elderly but powerful elemental mage brought back into existence upon the awakening of Kanata's power.
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The post also went on to detail a new feature for Lost Sphear, the Vulcosuit. These mechanized pieces of armor are gifts to the people from the ancients of the world of Lost Sphear. According to the information released from the studio, these suits will have uses both as enhanced weapons in battle and as tools that can be used to interact with certain environments. There will be multiple pieces of armor in the game and each will have it's own unique abilities.
Finally, pre-order bonuses have been detailed for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC versions of the game. All pre-orders will come with two music tracks from the game which will be delivered on launch day, though these may vary depending on the version. Pre-ordering for PS4 through the PlayStation Store will net players a dynamic theme and the tracks 'Market Town Marpennig' and 'Town of Elgarthe.' Steam pre orders will come with a wallpaper and the tracks 'Market Town Marpennig' and 'Imperial Capital Watt.' Switch pre orders also come with two music tracks, although which two it will have has not been detailed. PS4 and Switch buyers also have the option of pre ordering a physical edition of the game direct from the Square Enix online store.
Are you looking forward to Tokyo RPG Factory's second attempt to rekindle the classic JRPG? Let us know what you thought of I am Setsuna and what you're looking for from Lost Sphear down in the comments.