Following its announcement in Famitsu, first details on Level-5′s new four-game compilation, Guild 01, have come out of the magazine. The title sees creators Goichi Suda, Yoshiyuki Hirai, Yoot Saito, and Yasumi Matsuno work together to create four distinct games.
Kaiho Shojo, by Goichi Suda
Kaiho Shojo is a shooter set 100 years in the future, where people use a new natural energy known as Shinjuu to prevent global warming. After an invading country seals off Japan’s source of the energy, it’s up to “New Japan” President Shoko to take down her country’s occupying force… using an 11-foot winged mech known as Kaihoki Kamui.
Shoko is actually a high school student, who became president after her father, the first president of New Japan, was assassinated.
As far as gameplay goes, Kaiho Shojo is a shooter. You’ll utilize the touch pen to control your liberation mech.
Bones, the animation studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist and my own favorite Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, are providing animation for the title.
Rental Bkiya de Omasse, by Yoshiyuki Hirai
Because comedians can develop games in Japan, comedian Yoshiyuki Hirai is making an RPG centered around father-and-son merchants running a weapon shop. Your job is to make and rent weapons to adventurers.
You’ll suggest weapons to customers, who will heed your advice (you’re the expert!), which affects the outcome of their journey. A “Donai Natter” tool will alert you as to whether or not the adventurer achieved his goal. If not, you will not receive back the weapons you rented out to them.
Air Porter, by Yoot Saito
Yoot Saito, the developer behind Gamecube’s Odama, is crafting Air Porter, a game where you handle the luggage that comes through the airport.
As luggage manager, you must make sure planes leave on time. You’ll do this by performing combos. For example, if one plane leaves on time, another will land on time.
As your airport rating rises, you’ll earn more money, more passengers, and have the ability to move to bigger grounds and buy better planes. And who knows? Maybe the Air Force One will land in your airport.
Crimson Shroud, by Yasumi Matsuno
Yasumi Matsuno, designer and writer of Final Fantasy XII, now with Level-5, is making a dark fantasy role-playing game. In Crimson Shroud, you play as a “Chaser,” or someone who is easily able to find others.
The game is set 1,000 years in the past, before magic existed, and tells the story of how magic came about, becoming the new norm.
Hideo Minaba, who designed Alyssa, Hope Estheim, and Paddra Nsu-Yeul in Final Fantasy XIII-2, is illustrator on the project.