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.