Level-5 announced Inazuma Eleven Ares during its Level-5 Vision 2016 event.
Inazuma Eleven Ares will be set in a parallel world, taking place after the events of the first game, and develop the story from the perspectives of three protagonists—Ryouhei Haizaki, Asuto Inamori, and Yuuma Nosaka.
The story revolves around a group of boys living on an island who love to play soccer. Their soccer club is suddenly abolished, and the only way they can regain it is to win the Football Frontier. Protagonist Asuto Inamori and company leave the island for Tokyo to attend Raimon Junior High School and take on the Football Frontier. But their first match is against the number one-ranked Seishou Gakuen.
A TV anime will begin airing in summer 2017. Five-minute “Locker Room” shorts will also be released via the Internet.
A game is also planned and will interact with a new “Eleven Band” device. Players will be able to register a chosen player from the game to the band, and increase the character’s speed, technique, and stamina stats by walking and running. A platform for the game was not announced. Concept images in the Eleven Band trailer simply show it running on a “game device.”
Update 4:25 p.m.: Here’s Level-5 International America’s official description:
Level-5 has also announced Inazuma Eleven Ares — the seventh title in the Inazuma Eleven series, which has sold over 8 million units worldwide to date. The story in Inazuma Eleven Ares will take place right after the series’ first title, Inazuma Eleven, and the story will be developed as a parallel world story. Although all 11 members of Raimon Middle School football team are new characters, some popular characters from previous series also appear in the trailer that was shown at “LEVEL-5 Vision 2016” event. It was also revealed that there will be three protagonists, and the story will be developed from three different points of view — and there will be a new system known as a ‘sponsorship’ system, where corporate entities are entitled to become official sponsors of the football teams; this will be one of the key drivers of the story. As a part of this cross-media project, its TV series will air in Summer 2017, followed by its game release, toy release, and more. Its rollout plan outside of Japan is yet to be determined.