Hakoniwa Company Works details characters, battle basics, jobs, base town building, more
posted on 04.20.17 at 06:43 AM EDT by (@salromano)
The latest on Nippon Ichi's crafting simulation RPG.

Nippon Ichi Software has shared new details and screenshots on Hakoniwa Company Works introducing more of the crafting simulation RPG’s characters, the basics of the battle system, its five job classes, building a base town, and more.

Get the information below.

■ Worldwide Whale

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“Clouds End” is a world where many islands float about the sky. These islands are isolated from each other and each have their own culture. The protagonist, as the master of a “company” that connects such islands, will live out his daily existence, but the most important thing for someone who runs a Company is an airship.

The “Worldwide Whale” is the protagonist’s company airship. The ship was once used by “Dreadnought,” the world’s largest company, and its performance is unmatched. The protagonist and company will ride this ship, visit each island, and take on various requests.

The airship is a reliable entity that will support the protagonist and company in various ways, whether it’s as a home where they can rest or as a partner that freely moves through the sky.

■ Characters

The protagonist who started a company will receive requests from various people and travel around the world. From gathering materials to constructing buildings, there are a variety of requests. Sometimes, you may even have a run-in with another company. Below, we will introduce some of the characters that you will meet on your journey.

Tommy and Daniel

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Father (Daniel) and son (Tommy) living in the Green Grass Islands Main Belt village. The father is the head of the village. He says, “I want you to make houses!” but…?

Fang

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Head of the werewolf family living on Daisy Planet, the island where the therianthrope hunting people reside. Recently, a large amount of monsters have been emerging from the nearby ruins, threatening the peace of the village. He asks the protagonist the strengthen their defenses.

Nemurenu

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The kingdom’s construction cabinet minister. He is in a very good position, but is nervous and a tad unreliable. After taking care of some requests and making your name known, he makes a request to the protagonist’s company from the kingdom.

Buccaneers Company

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The “Bucanneers Company” is a big company that boasts the best results in the business. Although it is an extremely big company, it do not have a very good reputation since many of its members are rude and violent. They pick a fight with the protagonist as soon as they cross paths.

■ Battle Basics

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The battle maps of Hakoniwa Company Works are made up entirely of blocks that can be destroyed by using attacks and skills. By attacking, the broken pieces of blocks will violently scatter and blow away, making for an exceptionally refreshing feeling. These are battles that offer a new sensation, where you fight while destroying both the enemies and the map.

Additionally, you will get materials that you can use when crafting from broken blocks. For that reason, there may be times you would rather attack the map to gather materials than attack the enemy. Map destruction does not only play a role in battle, it is also a system related to the crafting you’ll do later at your base.

Turn-Based Strategy RPG

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The battles of this game are those of a simulation RPG, where you fight on a map divided up into squares. Turns will alternate between allies and enemies, and each character will perform actions.

In order to attain victory by destroying all of the enemies on the map, you will need to use weapon attacks and skills to defeat the enemy. Outside of skills that attack enemies, there are also skills that assist your party, allowing for more strategic combat.

AP System

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Each character’s job has “AP (Action Power).” Moving and attacking will consume AP, but as long as you don’t run out, you can take action any number of times. For example, don’t move at all and do nothing but attack for as long as your AP lasts, or do not attack and instead focus on recovering materials from broken blocks. You can freely take action based on the situation.

■ Jobs

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Each character is connected to some sort of job through which it demonstrates various abilities. There are five job types in total. Given that stats, AP and learned skills, and the number of materials that can be carried (item slots) differ, you can enjoy a completely different way of fighting based on job type.

Master

  • AP: 5
  • Slots: 5

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A job exclusive to the protagonist. It can equip all weapon types and has overall well-balanced stats that lets it play an active role in any situation.

Learned skills include:

  • Gym Bomb – An attack by which a bomb is tossed.
  • Charisma – Increases the critical rate of surrounding allies.

Attacker

  • AP: 4
  • Slots: 3

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A soldier-type job that excels at attacking units. It specializes in using a sword and is very reliable on the battlefield. It can also attack enemies with skills, and there are many that raise its own attack power.

Learned skills include:

  • Crack – Attacks in a straight line forward.
  • Handling Master – Increases the power of the equipped weapon.

Rounder

  • AP: 5
  • Slots: 4

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A job that specializes in guarding allies and support. Although its enemy attack power is a step below the Attacker’s, it can protect allies that have low physical strength, as well as increase the stats of surrounding allies.

Learned skills include:

  • Cover – Receives attacks for surrounding allies.
  • Yell – Increases the ATK and DEF of nearby allies.

Bowler

  • AP: 6
  • Slots: 7

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A job that can equip pickaxes and shovels, and is better at destroying the map than it is at attacking enemies. Because the skills it can learn have a wide attack range, it can destroy the map in an instant.

Learned skills include:

  • Crash – An attack that smashes down at the ground below.
  • Excavation-holic – Increases block destructive power.

Carry

  • AP: 8
  • Slots: 10

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A job that specializes in gathering the crafting materials that appear through map destruction. Although its attack power is low, its AP and number of items it can carry are extremely high, making it indispensable for recovering materials.

Learned skills include:

  • Sernet – Throws a net to gather materials from faraway in a flash.
  • Move Up – Increases movement power.

■ Building Your Base Town

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Your base, the “Worldwide Whale” airship, is an island with a vast amount of land. However, when you start your company, this island is empty. Players will build a town to live in with their allies while taking on various requests.

There are over 150 types of materials (blocks) that can be used in crafting, including natural materials like earth and stone, as well as man-made materials like glass and fences. Freely create a town based on your ideas, whether it has ordinary houses made of stone and brick, transparent roads made of glass, or buildings made entirely of snow.

■ Town Building and Ally Strengthening

Deed

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In addition to freely making buildings through crafting, you can also make houses for the ally characters that fight alongside the protagonist. Items called “Deeds” are required for the creation of a house. By using a Deed on an ally, you can set the space of the area according to that Deed as the “living space” where that ally will live. You can get Deeds as quest rewards, as well as in treasure chests on the map.

Interiors

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Interiors are objects that can be created using materials you obtain on the map. Interiors not only decorate the town and houses, but placing them in living spaces offer an effect of strengthening the ally that lives there.

The strengthened ability is different for each interior. There are those that increase ATK, those that increase DEF, and so on. That being said, you can strengthen allies according to your play style, such as further enhancing strong abilities or supplementing weak abilities. Interiors are important objects that are indispensable for strengthening allies.

Effects May Increase Depending on the Combination

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An interior already exhibits an effect by simply installing it, but its effects can be further improved upon depending on how you arrange the interiors. Further details about this element will be discussed in the game’s next update.

■ Character Editing

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By going to the “Clothes Change Shop,” which is one of the facilities at your base, you can freely change the appearance of yourself and your allies. A character is composed of three parts—head, body, and arms—and by combining the parts that you unlock as you progress through the game, you can easily create a character.

Additionally, there is drawing feature that allows you to make parts from scratch, so you can adventure the world with your own, original character.

Hakoniwa Company Works is due out for PlayStation 4 on July 13 in Japan for 6,980 yen. If you missed it earlier this month, read more about the game here.

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