Disgaea 5’s story premise detailed

A handful of new gameplay systems also briefly revealed.

Disgaea 5

Update 11:20 p.m.: View the first set of direct-feed screenshots here.

Original: This week’s issue of Famitsu is out and with it are more details on Disgaea 5, which was just announced earlier this week at the pre-TGS Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference. We’ve got our own scans of the story, as well as synopsis of the major details covered, all detailed below.

The premise of Disgaea 5 revolves around an entity known in the game as “Void Dark,” who’s dubbed in the magazine as “the strongest, most evil demon emperor.” Upon coming into power, Void Dark devastates numerous Netherworlds in his wake with the help of an army known as “The Lost,” a group filled to the brim with only the most treacherous soldiers, rumored to number over one million. Although things start to look so bad that nobody can fight back and turn the tide, the Overlords of the affected Netherworlds, resentful of Void Dark’s rule, slowly begin to rise up and take on The Lost, intent on getting their revenge. Indeed, unlike in previous games, Disgaea 5 takes place across multiple Netherworlds and has players getting the Overlords and heirs from each world to band together and face against their mutual threat.

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More detailed character profiles have also been released for the initial trio that we briefly discussed yesterday. Get each profile below.

  • Kiria (voiced by Mamoru Miyano). A demon sporting sharp eyes and a long scarf, he harbors power that rivals that of a proper Overlord in his body, but is nonetheless an aloof warrior. Due to events in his past, he has a personal grudge against Void Dark and sets out traveling around the Netherworlds to get his revenge.
  • Seraphine (voiced by Sarah Emi Bridcutt), meanwhile, is a super wealthy Overlord from the Gorgeous Netherworld. Blessed with beauty and good proportions that convey her quality upbringing, she has no fear of The Lost and is all too happy to take them on, but is rebelling her parents’ wishes to get into a political marriage, making her a runaway of sorts despite her title.
  • Usaria (voiced by Satomi Akesaka) is a girl cursed with going beserk if she doesn’t eat curry. She’s the heiress apparent in the Rabbit Underworld, where demons that don’t like fighting gather, but is nonetheless being ravaged by Void Dark. She has a giant yellow Prinny that tags along with her, which she rides on and fights with during combat.

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A handful of new gameplay tidbits were also discussed. When highlighting characters on battlefield, information displayed now includes stats on damage resistances, as well as who they’re affiliated with, among other new variables. A “Revenge System” is also mentioned to be present in the game, but details are scarce, save for the fact that it’s seemingly triggered during times such as an when a party member falls, resulting in the surviving characters become angry and “REVENGE!!” text appearing above them, as well as potentially bestowing them with stat boosts. A new type of special attack called “Maougis” is also said to be in the game, although the magazine doesn’t explain how they’re different from standard special attacks.

Although likely apparent just from looking at the game, NIS President Sohei Niikawa is acting as Disgaea 5‘s producer, while Takehito Harada is handling the character designs and Tenpei Sato is the game’s composer.

Disgaea 5 is 60 percent complete and due out for PlayStation 4 in Japan in spring 2015 for 7,200 yen (7,776 yen with tax) at retail and 6,171 yen via download. A 10,200 yen (11,016 yen with tax) first-print limited edition will include an “Usaria & Yelow Prinny” Niitengo, hardcover art book, two-disc original soundtrack CD, and special box. Pre-orders include a “Bunny Girl” downloadable costume for Seraphine.

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