Imageepoch announces new PS3 RPG
posted on 01.17.12 at 07:29 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Published by Namco Bandai.

In last week’s Famitsu, Namco Bandai teased a new game announcement. This week, the magazine revealed Toki to Towa, or Time and Eternity – a new RPG for PlayStation 3.

It’s developed by Imageepoch – the studio responsible for Black Rock Shooter and 7th Dragon 2020 – with animation provided by Satelight – who are behind the TV anime Macross Frontier – and character design by Taiwanese illustrator Vofan. Yuzo Koshiro, known for his work on the Ys and Dragon Slayer series, is composing the game’s score.

The high-definition quality anime in the game is moving, according to Imageepoch. The game will keep a consistent anime-style throughout, rather than simply shift during event scenes. It’s an HD 2D animation RPG, which uses animated sprites for characters and monsters, and 3D cel-shaded backdrops.

There is a wedding scene between the player character (whose name you decide) (voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga / Jude Mathis in Tales of Xillia) and the heroine Toki (voiced by Kana Hanazawa / Mayuri Shīna in Steins;Gate), who’ve never before kissed. That’s about as far as story details go, so far (or as far as they’ve leaked, rather).

Toki to Towa is currently 45 percent complete. Before it began development, it was in the planning stage for two years. It’s slated for release in Japan sometime this year.

Thanks, Sinobi, My Game News Flash.

Note: this article originally reported the game as featuring third-person shooting and strategy elements. This information first appeared in a 2ch thread, though it may or may not be in Famitsu’s reveal story. Stay tuned for additional details.

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  • Sal Romano

    Wow. This looks really, really good. Visually, I mean. Can’t be sure about anything else yet.

  • FearMonkey

    It does look really good. Can’t wait to see more. :)

  • It looks really good. Hopefully it will be released in English…

  • FaithlessMr

    Whoa, it looks good! And the girls definitely don’t seem underage so I’m okay with this.

    • whiteferrero

      @FaithlessMr: you underestimate the loli lovers of japan. there will definitely be lolis. lol.

      • FaithlessMr

        Dayum :x I hate loli’s sheesh it makes me unconfortable. To each their own, not criticizing those who are okay with it but ugh it’s something I’ll never understand. But so far so good, looks interesting enough :P

        • Mousse Effect

          @FaithlessMr: moe rpgs are becoming japan’s sci-fi shooter…

          • FaithlessMr

            @Mousse Effect:
            I could have not said it any better myself lol

  • dart2087

    I want it. (*.*)

  • whiteferrero

    always welcome a new rpg. hope its good! and offers a fresh experience. and a good story. and tons of strategy. and…

  • zakou

    Oh my god, i dont think some of you guys understand what we really have here.

    You love anime right? then look closely at those pictures, this will be the first game ever made that “looks” exactly like an anime.

    We will basicly get to play anime with porbably action rpg combat style, this is going to be amazing i cant wait.

  • Sal Romano

    Added a few new details to the article. Didn’t think they were significant enough to warrant creating another post.

  • Locksus

    I have a weak spot for games like this. I hope Namco will bring it to the Europe market. The graphics look amazing, I agree.

  • vertical09

    @zakou Your getting me all excited for this now, time to bug NISA about this^^

  • ruslik

    Great. Looking forward to hearing and seeing a lot more about this game.

  • InternatlGamer3

    I agree time to bug NISA about this and “the Witch and the Hundred Soldiers”.

  • InternatlGamer3

    lets keep it going with the JRPG’s as they refuse to die, and are starting to show a bit of changes.