New Lancarse RPG in the works for PS3 and PS Vita
posted on 04.15.14 at 10:00 AM EST by (@iiotenki)
Something-something Dimension coming to Japan in August.


Lancarse, known for its work on Lost Heroes for PSP and 3DS, as well as programming aspects of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and the first two Etrian Odyssey games, are working on a new PlayStation 3 and PS Vita RPG to be published by To Love-Ru Darkness: Battle Ecstasy developer Furyu, this week’s Famitsu reveals.

Due to our source’s withholding of information from the magazine before its Thursday release (as detailed here), we don’t know the full name of the title yet (it’s currently listed as *** Dimension). However, initial details about the game’s premise and the staff involved have been released.

The game is said to take place in the near future, at a time when the world is approaching oblivion. A mysterious structure known as the “Pillar” has been erected, with the plot focusing on members of a special forces group known as “S.E.A.L.E.D.,” which is tasked with confronting the threat head on. Among other characters, it’s set to star a guy named “Shou” as the protagonist (voiced by Yusuke Yamamoto) and a girl by the name of “Youko” as the leading heroine (voiced by Honoka Miki). Wanton terrorists are also said to play a role in the game’s story.

The development team behind the game is composed of dungeon crawler RPG veterans who have worked on games such as the aforementioned Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Lost Heroes, and the Etrian Odyssey series.

The game’s scenario is being handled by Jun Kumagai, who is known for working on Tales of the Brave, as well as the anime adaptations for Persona 3 and Persona 4.

Makoto Tsuchibayashi is said to be leading efforts on the character side of things, with Shirow Miwa also pitching in work in a guest capacity. Yuu Yamashita is also on board for character illustrations, and Takeshi Oga is rounding things out as the game’s tower designer. With respect to sound design, Daisuke Asakura is contributing music to the game and Fripside is composing the theme song.

Although specifics aren’t yet available for who will be voicing the characters (outside the hero and heroine), it was noted that mainstream actors have been hired to do that work rather than the standard voice actors.

A release is planned for August. The magazine appears to have the actual date, but due to our source’s information withholding, August is the most we know.

Thanks, Sokho@Hokanko (via Game Jouhou).

  • Vayne

    Waiting to see.

  • RSene

    Is it confirmed as a RPG?

    • RSene

      Ops, never mind

  • sherimae1324

    ok, im interested! ^_^
    cuz its also on vita that is!!

  • Kayseur

    I wonder if “Flipside” is the real thing, of if it’s a typo and it’s actually FripSide. That would make more sense to me (Flip doesn’t seem to give me much result).

    Anyhow given their records it’ll most likely be another D-RPG. But since it’s not really my cup of tea I kind of wish I’m wrong.

    • Sal Romano

      It’s frip.

  • Bad Genome

    Daisuke Asakura? Sold.

    • TetsuyaHikari


      Lots of beats in this game for sure.

  • Budgiecat


  • DarthBrian


    Really trying to ride Marvel’s popularity now aren’t they? :p

    • jujubee88

      lol This should be good.

  • TetsuyaHikari


    It’s a Saint Seiya game! I really have no idea, but if I had to take a guess, I’d say it’s probably a dungeon RPG though, lol.

    • jujubee88

      Wasn’t there a dungeon RPG for the VITA localized recently or to be localized?

      edit: Not Mind=0

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Demon Gaze?

        • jujubee88


          Man, it was killing me. I thought it was “Labyrinth something” :P

  • Elvick

    Please be a traditional RPG.

    Was their other game that’s mentioned in this a traditional RPG? Or a sub-genre of RPG?

    • ConkerBFD

      They’re very likely the same game, concerning the gameplay. It’s a sub-genre (but common for Atlus rpgs) where you wander in labyrinths in first person view. From the list, I played Etrian Odissey. Very hard and very good. It’ll not bother me if this new game is a dungeon crawler.

      • Elvick

        Bummer. Nothing against dungeon crawlers, but the Vita has tons of those. Need some more traditional RPGs.

  • ConkerBFD

    It’s incredible the diference between the JP Vita market and the NA/EU. It’s like heaven and hell (although, recently i’ts more like purgatory).

    • Kurisu Makise

      You mean Pro-handheld market vs Pro-console? Yeah, I see it.

      • ConkerBFD

        Actually, I mean japanese vita market vs north america and europe vita market. Every month, the japaneses have great games, most jrpgs (my favorites). Things are getting better in west, but it’s still far to be great, even good. But the handheld vs console situation is true, too.

        • Kurisu Makise

          Ah so you mean release schedule wise, that’s a whole different ball game, as well as release amount, yep. North America and Europe feel Bare bones sometimes compared to Japan, even though Japan isn’t always getting a JRPG release when it gets its games but it’s still padded better. I think Sony’s gotta do something about the lack of retail games. There’s too many digital games, which leaves discovery of PS Vita games to those whom actually brave buying one. Start releasing collections on game cards, or custom PSN cards with specific game codes or something. Just to highlight to consumers some of the amazing games available. Even changing up their Vita kiosks would help a ton. I do like the demos they put on the Vitas though, that’s a good start but they can do so much more, without breaking an arm or a leg (or spending much money as is the case)