Level-5 announces cross-platform RPG Wonder Flick
posted on 08.26.13 at 07:12 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Coming to smartphones in November, consoles in 2014.

Level-5 is developing Wonder Flick, a new “1000-hour” fantasy RPG for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PS Vita, iOS, and Android, the company announced during its Level-5 Vision press conference in Shinagawa. 

The game, which features music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, will have shared save data across every platform, and exclusive dungeons on each.

It is being planned, produced, and directed by Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino, features boss monster design by Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven‘s Tokuzo Nagano, and character design by Final Fantasy XIII sub-character designer Nao Ikeda.

Players will be able to create their own character, journey the field map, visit towns, advance dungeons, go on quests, and battle monsters in flick-based combat.

On PlayStation 4, the game will have second screen support via smartphones and tablets. On Xbox One, the game will support a second screen via SmartGlass.

The game will have also have a collaboration with Shueisha manga magazines Weekly Shonen Jump, V-Jump, and Saikyo Jump.

Wonder Flick will launch for smartphones as a free-to-play title with microtransactions in Japan this November, and for consoles in 2014. Visit the official website here.

Here is Level-5 International America’s official description of the game.

Wonder Flick is the latest full-scale role-playing game from Level-5 and the inaugural Uniplay title. The production team consists of Akihiro Hino, who developed the concept and leads the project as producer / director, character designers Takuzo Nagano and Nao Ikeda, and musical compositions by Nobuo Uematsu, world-renowned for his contributions to game orchestrations.

The player, “the fortunate one,” washes ashore in Grimnarth, a world that everyone dreamed of, yet no one has ever seen – an enormous land, scattered with dungeons and towns. A land where a monarch seeks aid in order to save his kingdom. A world of peril, where monsters and kings among dragons await. Where the success or failure of a journey depends on the deft execution of skills in critical moments, and fortunes are made from the rare treasures sealed in their chests. A wealth of equipment to customize one’s hero. The borrowing and lending of friends and their characters to form alliances.

Everything that defines a traditional RPG is found in Wonder Flick – the most sprawling yet accessible original fantasy RPG in the history of Level-5. The game is planned for release in November 2013 on iOS and Android devices in Japan. Console releases (PS Vita / PS3 / PS4 / WiiU / Xbox One) are scheduled for 2014 in Japan.

Photos from the event, courtesy of 4Gamer.net, are attached below.

The debut trailer shows off the November-due smartphone version.

A video shown during the event follows the story of a man whose friends are all playing Wonder Flick on different platforms. Watch for non-smartphone footage.

View screenshots of the smartphone version at the gallery.

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  • STiger

    “music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu”

    Sigh… there goes my interest.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Sounds interesting will wait for more info to be given and that trailer to be revealed. Hopefully will hear something about Fantasy Life, too.

    Edit: Seen the trailer… interested increased. I’d pick up for my Vita. Looking good. The music sounded good, to me.

  • Duc PC-QB

    2014 Too long for my Vitaaaaaa

  • papermario

    Looks so bad

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Trailer added.

    Game looks neat. Was hoping for something a bit more high-profile though.

  • sitrus

    But the big question is: will it be localized? and if yes: to which platforms?

    • Hidayat246

      Android, iOS = Yes
      PS4 XBOX ONE WII U= Maybe if sales good

      • MasterSensei

        It’s a free to play? how do they judge how good a game is if it’s free? do they check to see how many people bought things with Micro-transactions?

    • kiri25

      I don’t see any question as to wether it will be localized? It’s for Xbox one as well and seeing a Xbox had no date for a release in Japan that’s a pretty clear sign it’s coming to the west in my opinion

  • HeatPhoenix

    Argh, those mocap animations look bad when on such stylized characters.

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    What the hell? I was hoping for something much better, I don’t know about other people but this game looks average.

  • RetroReese88

    Looks ok they were better off doing a White Knight Chronicles 3.

    • LordKaiser

      That will never happen. The to be continued at the end was for 10 online quests we never got called Avatar Story.

      *Spoilers of the true Ending of the game*


  • Hidayat246

    “……….for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS Vita, iOS, and Android…”

    suprise this game is not coming to 3DS

  • Elvick

    “On PlayStation 4, the game will have second screen support via smartphones and tablets.”

    Shame it won’t also do that with PS Vita. Either it’s too hard to do with PS Vita vs tablets, which Sony should rectify. Or Level-5 just doesn’t want to do that.

    But hey, at least the game is on the system. (though all the more reason to provide that extra feature to PS4 and Vita owners IMO) *shrug*

    Art wise I get a bit of Little King’s Story (Wii) vibe from it.

    Not sure how this game will work on consoles though.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Found a video from the presentation. Watch it for console version footage.

    • Elvick

      Cool. Doesn’t look as ‘flick’ as the mobile version. Wonder if PS Vita will support the touch at all. It could easily do both, but the video only showed it like the console version with buttons.

  • DarthBrian

    “On PlayStation 4, the game will have second screen support via smartphones and tablets.”

    Not Vita? o_O

    • MasterSensei

      I think it’s because the game is also on vita and since it’s free to play people would already have it on their PSVita and PS3’s

  • DesmaX

    Was interested

    But then I saw the gameplay

  • Raian Targino

    OMG. I want this!!
    and the team working on it? *–* awesom!

  • KaiKnows

    Been waiting for a Level-5 game but this is not the one

    Rogue Galaxy 2 would have been awesome!!

  • bloodiOS

    I’ll try it out since Uematsu is on board but gameplay seriously doesn’t impress.

  • Bob Obb

    Love the art style, I’m sick of realism.

  • RSene

    is free to play for all platforms or just for the mobile devices?

    • http://portablegamingregion.com/ PortableGamingRegion

      It’s extremely unlikely that it’ll be free for Vita.

      • Zackasaur

        Why? The Vita digital store has an entire section of F2P games.

    • MasterSensei

      It’s free to play on all platforms and they all have micro transactions…
      I think. that’s what I read from the above article anyway

  • LordKaiser

    This game looks ok tbh, It has that classic feel to it that reminds me of the first Final Fantasy.

  • miyamoto

    I see a Dragon’s Quest killer on PS Vita.

    • LordKaiser

      Yup I saw the screenshot and the 2nd trailer.

  • shogunknight

    The game really looks great on ios & android. Hope it gets localized, no 3ds

  • Willgaea

    The art style and character customization looks awesome, but I don’t want to flick stuff for 1000 hours let alone 10.

  • kuusou yume

    Looks interesting, but not into the “flicking” attack controls. it’s odd.

  • Kobracon

    Wow Uematsu’s been getting around lately…

    All in all. It looks good, rather than the “free” RPGs from little unknown Chinese companies, I’d rather have a free RPG from Level 5. Would be very interesting to see how this Uniplay stuff works

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Why must Level-5 always release such tiny screenshots?

    I’d like a bigger version of this: http://gematsu.com/gallery/albums/wonder-flick/august-26-2013/Wonder-Flick_2013_08-26-13_006.jpg

    Might be hard to believe, but a lot of people actually prefer to see the detail of your game!

  • Zackasaur

    It’s weird that there is an Xbox One version, actually.

    • Ibrahimhassounah

      Actually , what is weird that Microsoft let them make it a cross-platform game

  • Pekola

    The battles look really fluid and intuitive. The game looks cute and old-school.

    It’s F2P with micro-transactions and it’s on all the current and next-gen famous gaming platforms. This game is gonna rake some major dough.

    At the same time, this is somewhat concerning. Level-5 is doing the smart thing by releasing on smart devices and handhelds/consoles (Layton 7 and Wonderflick), but is this the advent of things to come?

  • SOLOmio

    I LV U Level 5

  • Mark

    Wow on PSVITA!! yehey!

  • vdarkeaglev

    WHAT XBOX ONE BUT NO 360? Level-5 why must you hate me so? Looks like yet another reason to pick up a reasonably cheap PS3 …

    Also still waiting on Dark Cloud 3 … and I’ll probably be waiting for the rest of my life -.-

  • raeldor

    So happy I started learning Japanese a few years ago. I especially like that Level-5 games usually have furigana. Now I can learn and play at the same time. :)

    I wonder if this game will have cloud saving across devices, so you can pick up where you left off on any device. I think PSO2 does this.